Refuge by Dina Nayeri

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Read Refuge Online Free - Finally, a moving immigrant story that looks at the larger contemporary refugee experience.

An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, as she transforms from confused immigrant to overachieving Westerner to sophisticated European transplant, daughter and father know each other only from their visits: four crucial visits over two decades, each in a different international city. The longer they are apart, the more their lives diverge, but also the more each comes to need the other's wisdom and, ultimately, rescue.

Meanwhile, refugees of all nationalities are flowing into Europe under troubling conditions. Wanting to help, but also looking for a lost sense of home, our grown-up transplant finds herself quickly entranced by a world that is at once everything she has missed and nothing that she has ever known. Will her immersion in the lives of these new refugees allow her the grace to save her father?

Refuge charts the deeply moving lifetime relationship between a father and a daughter, seen through the prism of global immigration. Beautifully written, full of insight, charm, and humor, the novel subtly exposes the parts of ourselves that get left behind in the wake of diaspora and ultimately asks: Must home always be a physical place, or can we find it in another person?

Title : Refuge
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ISBN : 1594487057
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2017

Refugee novels are extremely popular right now. Not surprising with the amount of refugees on the move around the world and the debate in various countries about what to do with them, to welcome them or send them back. What sets this novel apart is that it is partly based on the authors own exper...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

July 23, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed! To see all my reviews visit Book Nation by Jen In the late 1980s, Niloo, then 8 years old, left Iran with her mother and brother, thinking her dentist father would meet up with them soon after. As it turned out, this daddy’s girl only saw h...

Carol rated it ★★★★★

August 02, 2017


Maryam rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2017

Loved this book, story of a refugee girl who has seen her father only four years during a twenty , something period since she has fled Iran with her mother and her brother. She's left her father in Iran and his father has been remained 33 for her,always that cheerful young guy who has promised her...

Mehrsa rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2017

I've read hundreds of novels in my life. This is the first time I've read my life in a novel. I've identified with characters before, but this book about an Iranian refugee who becomes a professor in America was a trip to read. It's not perfect--the marriage is not super believable, but I would l...

Hella rated it ★★★☆☆

August 18, 2017

Refuge van Dina Nayeri vertelt het verhaal van de in 1987 gevluchte Iraanse Niloo Hamidi, en van haar vader Bahman Hamidi die achterbleef in Isfahan, of meer nauwkeurig: in het dorp Ardestoon waar Niloo tot haar achtste opgroeide. Het is een sterk autobiografisch boek, je kunt Niloo bijna één op é...

Mainlinebooker rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

There has never been a more perfect time for Dina's novel. Drawn from her own memories, 8 year old Dina fled Iran with her brother and mother, who had converted to Christianity and was being harassed by Iran's morality police. Her dentist father, stayed behind in Iran while the family was settled...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2017

A story of refugees somewhat based on newspaper clippings. The story concentrates on a father and his daughter who are separated. The daughter escapes Iran to the Netherlands. The father is stuck in Iran. The relationship becomes strained. This one tugged at my heart.

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

I was motivated to research this author's life when I finished this very autobiographical novel. Nayeri left Iran as a child with her mother and brother. In the U.S. she received a Western upbringing and education, however as an adult and successful academic she seemed to feel a significant part...

Mike rated it ★★★☆☆

November 03, 2017

The relationship between an Iranian girl who fled to America and her estranged father who stayed behind transforms over decades, as the politics of their countries bring them closer together. Really enjoyable characters, and the insights into the refugee experience as well as the culture of Iran...

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