If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan

if you could be mine

Book Summary

“Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?”

(Book Summary quoted in full from publisher’s website – Source:http://algonquinyoungreaders.com/book/if-you-could-be-mine/)

Click on the image above to visit the publisher’s website.  Additional online content includes:

  • Meet the Cast
  • Author Essay
  • Reader’s Guide
  • Read an Excerpt

It’s widely available from most booksellers in the US, but be sure to check with your local public library to see if the title is available.  I found an e-book copy of the novel from my local library’s Overdrive subscription.

Supplemental Articles, Videos, and Websites

  1. Video with Sara Farizan: http://youtu.be/lrBUHHjslFs
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29832690
  3. http://www.npr.org/books/titles/218642654/if-you-could-be-mine
  4. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyford/sara-farizan-is-your-new-favorite-queer-ya-novelist#.bgWdyOBd
  5. http://www.worldpolicy.org/transition-iran
  6. BBC World News: http://youtu.be/Wg51RnpGn9k?list=UUHHHU4lEp_N5-p9H98oh9xg
  7. IRQR: http://english.irqr.net/
  8. https://iglhrc.org/sites/default/files/537-1.

This is only a partial listing of materials available online about the issues facing lgbt Iranians.  Please feel free to add an article, video, website, or other helpful information related to this post in the comments below.

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