Daylight Forever: A Memoir

March 8, 2020 - Comment

“You can’t escape your destiny”, her father always said. As a young Baha’i girl growing up during the Islamic revolution of 1979 experiencing 8 years of Iran-Iraq war, Mahvash lived in daily terror of religious persecution and bombing raids. With her family threatened and the schools shut down, Mahvash took destiny into her own hands.

“You can’t escape your destiny”, her father always said. As a young Baha’i girl growing up during the Islamic revolution of 1979 experiencing 8 years of Iran-Iraq war, Mahvash lived in daily terror of religious persecution and bombing raids. With her family threatened and the schools shut down, Mahvash took destiny into her own hands. She escaped under a cover of darkness on a solo trek across the border. This courageous and hopeful memoir is a portrait of a childhood cut short, a young woman’s journey to flee oppression, and the story of a refugee who learns what it means to come home. Daylight Forever shares an immigrant’s struggle for freedom, opportunity, and belonging and examines the tapestry of personal differences which, through tears and determination, have been woven into our shared human destiny.Dayligth Forever is both stunning and heartbreaking. Mahvash brilliantly invites the reader into her personal journey as a refugee and allows you to experience her life through the eyes of a young girl. This memoir was gripping, visceral, and sacred work. Not only does this book need to be a required reading, it deserves a prize for the bravery that it represents in honor of every refugee both present and past. For Women Who Roar Founder, Megan Febuary

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Anonymous says:

Inspirational story of a girl whose desire for freedom is deeper than the obstacles as a refugee. I just finished Daylight Forever and highly recommend this amazing story of courage, love, and appreciation for the America that Mahvash and her family are finally able to make their forever home. Mahvash’s story starts in Tehran, where an idyllic childhood turns into a life of persecution and fear, due to their family’s minority Bahai faith under Khomaini’s rule. Her memories and stories help personalize the refugee struggles that we often read about, but which are often hard to imagine. At…

Anonymous says:

a story that could change how you see the world This beautifully told story is not easy to read because it makes us see the world through the eyes of a refugee. Mahvash’s story charters what it’s like to watch the rules of your society change around you, finding yourself oppressed, in hiding, and eventually fleeing. Mahvash has lived through the horrors of war and religious persecution, as well as the indignities and terrors of refugee fighting for a better life.In our current political climate, this story humanizes the stats and…

Anonymous says:

A story of fulfilling your destiny You should read this book If you want to try and understand what it’s like to have everything taken away from you but to maintain the hope and resilience to start over and make something special out of a life that seems to have no light at the end of the tunnel.An unbelievable story.You must read this.

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