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Marsha Mehran (1977–2014)

Autor(a) de Pomegranate Soup

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About the Author

Marsha Mehran was born in Tehran, Iran on November 11, 1977. She migrated with her family to Argentina in 1979 at the time of the Iranian Revolution. She later lived in the United States, Australia, and Ireland. Her first novel, Pomegranate Soup, was published in 2005. Her other works included mostrar mais Rosewater and Soda Bread, Pistachio Rain, and The Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty. She died on April 30, 2014 at the age of 36. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Marsha Mehran

Pomegranate Soup (2005) 736 cópias
Rosewater and Soda Bread (2008) 274 cópias
Café Babilonia (2006) 3 cópias
Nar Çorbası (Turkish Edition) (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Eau de rose & soda bread 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Mehran, Mahsa
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Iran (birth)
Local de nascimento
Tehran, Iran
Local de falecimento
Lecanvey, County Mayo, Ireland
Locais de residência
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Miami, Florida, USA
Lecanvey, County Mayo, Ireland
Pequena biografia
Marsha Mehran was born Mahsa Mehran in Tehran, Iran. In 1979, at the time of the Iranian Revolution, her family fled the country for Argentina, then emigrated to the USA. Marsha (she adopted the name at age 12) attended a private Scottish school in Buenos Aires and quickly became fluent in Spanish and English as well as Parsi.

She excelled at playing the piano and dreamed of becoming a concert pianist.
Following her parents’ divorce in 1994, Marsha went with her mother to Australia, where she attended high school, then returned to the USA. In New York City, she met and married Christopher Collins, an Irish-American bartender with whom she split her time between Ireland and the USA for 10 years before the couple divorced.
In 2005, she published
her debut novel, Pomegranate Soup, which became an international bestseller, translated into 15 languages and published in 20 countries. The sequel, Rosewater and Soda Bread (2008) -- the second in a planned series of seven books -- also was a hit. The third title, Pistachio Rain, was supposed to appear in 2014 but was never published due to her death that year. Her stand-alone novel The Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty (also known as The Saturday Night School of Beauty) was published posthumously. Marsha Mehran experienced mental health problems in her last years and died a recluse in her home in the village of Lecanvey, Ireland, in 2014 at age 36.



The ending was quite abrupt, it feels like Mehran ran out of steam and decided to end the story in the most convenient way. How could the nosy neighbours be satisfied that the red-hair girl turns out to be a mannequin? And Teresa McNully was impregnated by a visiting minister???
siok | outras 11 resenhas | May 12, 2023 |
Tres jóvenes hermanas inmigrantes, procedentes de Persia, revolucionarán con sus artes culinarias la placidez de uan pequeña localidad irlandesa. Su belleza y la originalidad de sus platos causan reacciones dispares entre los habitantes, desde la animadversión del potentado del pueblo, que tenía otros planes para el local donde se han instalado, hasta la complicidad de los hijos de éste, que caen rendidos ante los encantos de las muchachas iraníes.
Natt90 | Nov 2, 2022 |
I thoroughly enjoyed how the book is organized. It definitely makes a cooking enthusiast to try one of those recipes out. Also, Mehran really knows how to sell food; the way the Iranian cuisine is described is sure to make you feel like you are missing out.
The plot of the book is nice. I enjoyed the story and the characters. However, there's a lot about the description of the characters seemed immature to me, especially Lyla and Malachy. Mehran also provides extensive details of things that I consider highly irrelevant. I skimmed through most of these details.
The book gives a great insight into the Iranian revolution and I adore the book for that reason.
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nikkiroy | outras 28 resenhas | Apr 14, 2021 |
The selection at Cook the Books club for February/March is Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran.
Three sisters from Iran end up in County Mayo, Ireland, hoping for a better life. The Aminpour sisters open a cafe and cook the delectable dishes from their homeland. It’s a small Irish village and while some of the townsfolk want to try a more exotic cuisine, there are those who shun the women and cafe simply because they are from Iran. You could substitute any middle eastern family trying to run a cafe in any small town, in Ireland or the U.S. for this plot.

The setting for this book was Ireland and Iran. The plot plays out predictably with the women and their Irish neighbors, the cultural differences accepted. Well, by most people. Definitely a foodie book with over a dozen recipes included throughout.

There were so many interesting dishes served up in this book but the recipe for lentil soup grabbed me right away. I had been wanting to make red lentil soup for a long time.

Photos & recipes on my blog.
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SquirrelHead | outras 28 resenhas | Mar 10, 2020 |


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