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...

Dianne rated it ★★★★☆

January 31, 2018

I enjoyed this tender drama about a splintered Iranian family and their tenuous relationships as the mother, daughter and son emigrate to America and then disperse again into Europe. The father, for various reasons, remains in Iran and remarries several times, occasionally traveling to Europe to...

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


Michelle rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2018

I had not heard of Nayeri’s Refuge until it made the Tournament of Books Longlist. Many within the Tournament of Books group were giving it rave reviews. Even though Refuge deals with the socially relevant topic of refugees, it is not a typical “refugee book”. Refuge tells the story of Nilo...

jo rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

i want to start this review by saying that dina nayeri doesn't have her own wikipedia entry. i am to remedy this as soon as possible. i would like to continue by saying that this is the most moving book i've read this year (i mean last year, 2017) and it's okay that it flew under many radar scree...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

January 03, 2018

lovely you-can't-take-the-refugee-out-of-the-girl story about SO many things. Lovely narration by Mozhan Marno (Youssif Kamal was just alright). I'll be thinking about this one for a while and might add a star. quotes & fuller thoughts to come. It was interesting to listen to this so close aft...

Beverly rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2017

This was 4.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly.

Alison rated it ★★★★☆

January 16, 2018

This is a story of immigration told in the fractured relationship between a woman and the father who remained behind in Iran. Niloo was eight when she was bundled into a car and left Istafan, Iran forever. Her mother, a Christian, was in danger and her father remained behind, his successful denta...

Imane rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2018

I don't know why I haven't heard of Dina Nayeri before. Now that I did, I want to read more books by her, definitely. Let me begin this by saying that I loved all characters. They are flawed and so human. At many points throughout the book, I found myself confused, not knowing who to side with be...

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