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TCC Literary festival 2006

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FARIDEH GOLDIN - April 4, noon - Reading, book signing - Norfolk Campus/Martin Building, room 2505

FARIDEH GOLDIN is the author of Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman. Goldin was born in 1953 in Shiraz, Iran, to a family of dayanim, the judges and leaders of the Jewish community. Her family moved out of the mahaleh, the Jewish ghetto, to a Moslem neighborhood when she was eight years old, where she experienced both friendship and anti-Semitism. 

Later, attending an American-style university, Goldin was torn between her loyalty to her family, who obeyed strict social, cultural and religious mores, and her western education that promoted individualism and self-reliance. Wedding Song reveals Goldin’s struggle in balancing her two worlds. In her later essays, she confronts issues of identity as she searches for a place in American society as an Iranian immigrant.

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Laurie White
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