Honeymoon in Tehran

Edition: Reprint
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 2010-04-27
Publisher(s): Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Customer Reviews

Honeymoon in Tehran  July 26, 2011
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This book is a good way to understand modern Iran through the eyes of a lay person whose profession is that also of a journalist. I liked the way she showed the different layers of Iran. I prefer her previous book "Lipstick Jihad." "Honeymoon in Tehran" is a love story, and here and there Moaveni injected her own articles from Time magazine. I'm happy for Azadeh who found her partner in life. It's was a nice love story.

Honeymoon in Tehran: 4 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


You're an American reporter in Tehran in 2005 covering the rise of Ahmadinejad when the unexpected happens--you meet your soul-mate, fall in love, and become pregnant. So begins the incredible story of Time magazine correspondent Azadeh Moaveni as she faces the future she didn't quite plan: hiding her pregnancy from the religious authorities until she can marry; navigating Byzantine wedding customs; giving birth in a country that often doesn't allow men in the delivery room; and finding herself with a newborn in a country very far from home.

Throughout this, Moaveni continues to publish increasingly sensitive reports on Iran in Time magazine, earning the wrath of the government. Shortly after giving birth a government source -- her minder known mysteriously as Mr. X -- tells her she is the subject of an investigation and will soon be arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison. It becomes evident she is being spied on: cars tracing her, her phone tapped, her email monitored.

Fearing for her safety -- and that of her young family -- Moaveni flees Iran in 2007, leaving the country she had hoped to help through her journalism. This is a powerful, poignant, often funny, and ultimately harrowing story about a young woman facing her future in a very dangerous place.

“A rare, rich glimpse inside a closed society.” -Kirkus Reviews

“A story of coming-of-age in two cultures written with a keen eye and a measured tone.” -Publishers Weekly

“Sharp and written with ferociously brilliant reporting, Honeymoon in Tehran, Azadeh Moaveni’s nuanced perspective on her ancestors’ homeland, is without peer.” -Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

Author Biography

Azadeh Moaveni is the author of Lipstick Jihad and the co-author, with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. She has lived and reported throughout the Middle East, and speaks both Farsi and Arabic fluently. As one of the few American correspondents allowed to work continuously in Iran since 1999, she has reported widely on youth culture, women's rights, and Islamic reform for Time, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times. Currently a Time magazine contributing writer on Iran and the Middle East, she lives with her husband and son in London.


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