My Name is Mahtob leaves the reader with a real flavour of author Mahtob Mahmoody's childhood memories - the sweetness and the bitter - as well as the difficult process of forgiving her father. There was a real danger that this little girl could be kidnapped again or that her father and his comrades could do violence to the family. This isn't a little, "I prayed a prayer and Jesus made it all better" book. This girl lived crisis by crisis, but a happy event during college pushed her to embrace happiness. Mahtob was able to do this over time without losing sight of the fact that her father wronged her family.
Her mother published Not Without My Daughter, which later became a movie starring Sally Field, so if you know this story, you'll want to pick this book up as a companion reader. I have to tell you, it's a bit hard to get through. Reading about what this little girl remembers from her childhood and then to think that there are millions of other little girls living in similar circumstances is sobering.
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