The Bird and The Fish: Memoir of a Temporary Marriage
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Afshin, a captivating Iranian graduate student, rents a room in Miriam Valmont’s home. Landlady and tenant share an immediate and fast-growing attraction, despite the fact that Miriam is twice Afshin’s age. When Afshin proposes a temporary Islamic marriage, Miriam readily agrees, driven by desire and curiosity. What shocks her, though, is the role Afshin invites her to play at the end of the marriage so that he, as a Muslim, can continue to express affection. The Bird and the Fish is the story of two people with radically different lives who find a way to honor a passionate love.
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Feb 18, 2017Before I read The Bird and the Fish,a first from Miriam Valmont, I had only a vague understanding of the Islamic custom of temporary marriage, and it seemed to me that it was designed with the man in mind, to allow him to "satisfy his needs" while remaining a devout Muslim. But, this novel is about something else entirely. It is about the ability of two people, no matter how different they may appear, to be drawn into a passionate love story and make it work for both of them. Despite their friends and families, who express a variety of reactions that enrich the story, Miriam and Asfrin become strong in their belief that this marriage is right, for them, and it is a treat to watch it happen. This memoir is a celebration of the complexity of both the human mind and the human heart. Ms. Valmont has a knack for using simple moments to build the dimensions of her characters, and these two lovers hold our attention as they navigate uncharted waters. The voyage has enough twists to... More > make us eager to keep reading to find out how it all will be resolved. And, it provides food for thought, which is always a good thing.< Less
Aug 29, 2016First and foremost this is a fascinating story. Not only is it well told, honest and heartfelt, it is also very interesting intellectually. Here are two fundamentally different people, attracted to one another from the getgo for all the good reasons: the physical attraction, the curiosity about cultural background and beliefs, the wish to experience and understand the other's thinking and convictions, the unimportance of age. It was hard to put the book down, you just want to keep reading. The story is also satisfying in the sense of character development. The often tricky relationship unfolds in honest discussions, in opening up to the other's needs, in acceptance of unfamiliar territory and the consequences. The book is a truly good read and it enlightened me in a wholly different way.
Aug 24, 2016I found this true story of an unlikely romance between a young Iranian man and an older American woman captivating. It made me think about the kinds of assumptions we make about people that can create barriers to connection. The two people at the center of this story inspired me with their capacity to avoid that trap, and instead found themselves in love. This book contains a glimpse of the kind of world where people find more in common with each other than different.
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- Miriam Valmont (Standard Copyright License)
- July 25, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.03 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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