As most of you know, my dad passed away in February. Today would have been my parents’ 56th wedding anniversary. So, I started thinking about which of my titles could most honor that. I immediately thought of the scene in His Beloved Infidel where some older women are talking about their weddings. Enjoy!
“Tell us about your wedding,” Catherine said to Yasmin.
“Well, I think I have told you before that my parents wanted someone more traditional for me. They would rather I married the farmer down the road, like the matchmaker said, than a Western-stricken shazdeh like Mahmoud. They wanted someone who would stick to the old ways. But I knew I did not want a life behind the chador, hidden away; I was educated in the West, and wanted something more. It was hard; my mami and I are both stubborn people. In the end, they approved of Mahmoud, but it took a great many gifts to my family — better gifts than cows and goats, I can tell you — to make it happen. We had a traditional Persian wedding; I think there were three or four hundred people there. I remember saying the words, and dancing — and not much else!”
“I look back on my wedding day and think the same thing,” Mae put in. “It all went by in a blur and suddenly we were married.”
“Your grandpa and I stood up in front of the church after services one Sunday,” Helen said. “I wore my best dress, and Grandpa wore his good suit. It was during the Depression, and no one had much. I think one of the neighbors gave us a ham he’d put up, and my folks gave us five dollars.”
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Farukh and Catherine are colleagues at Paris’ World Language Institute. He is Persian; she is American. Can their newly-discovered love survive the strain of Iran’s Islamic Revolution?
Author Sharon E. Cathcart (In The Eye of The Beholder, Through the Opera Glass) presents her first tale of inter-ethnic romance. Set against the backdrop of real-world events, Cathcart tells the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.
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