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Persian Brides

by Dorit Rabinyan

A harrowing but sometimes funny tale following the puberty and marriage of two jewish girls Flora and Nazie. It is set in the rural poverty and ignorance of turn of the century Persia.


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... Shahin reached Omerijan where, washed and shaved and smelling of kerosene, he married Flora Ratoryan the poulterer's daughter, impregnated her, and disappeared without a backward glance. he left her with a baby in her belly and lice in her hair.

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