Daylight Forever is both stunning and heartbreaking.
Mahvash brilliantly invites the reader into her personal journey as a refugee and allows you to experience her life through the eyes of a young girl. This memoir was gripping, visceral, and sacred work.
Not only does this book need to be a required reading, it deserves a prize for the bravery that it represents in honor of every refugee, both present and past.
This beautifully told story is not easy to read because it makes us see the world through the eyes of a refugee.
Mahvash’s story charts what it’s like to watch the rules of your society change around you, finding yourself oppressed, in hiding, and eventually fleeing. Mahvash has lived through the horrors of war and religious persecution, as well as the indignities and terrors of refugee fighting for a better life.
In our current political climate, this story humanizes the stats and headlines we see in the news, making them personal and unacceptable.
I’m grateful that Mahvash found the time, the strength, and the courage to tell this important story.
This sensitive and insightful book is a remarkable epic tale of family endurance, hardship, and journey.
I tried to imagine sending my 15-year-old child into a smuggler-led journey through one of the most hazardous international areas of the world. I couldn't do it. I had to remember in reading that this was real, not a fictional dramatized story.
The harrowing account of the escape from Iran into Pakistan will have you as much on the edge of your seat as any thriller novel.
Mahvash Harvey's memoir is a vivid reminder that immigrants bring with them deeply rooted values of family, loyalty, hard work, and perseverance. We are richer for their presence.
In her gripping memoir, Daylight Forever, Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey details her life story, describing both the vibrantly sweet and endearing moments of her childhood as well as the unsettling changes in the cultural climate that uprooted social life in Iran during and after the revolution of 1979 and the terrifying experiences of the invasion by neighboring Iraq that followed. Now, without protection from the government, as a young woman and a member of a religious minority, she decides to embark on her journey as refugee.
In honest and poetic language, with deep regard for her own roots and a passionately visceral desire for freedom, Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey’s recollections are a powerful statement against all wars and all oppression.
Her moving testimony is a compelling invitation to expand the limitation of one’s own perspective. It teaches us to look, to see and to understand the forces behind escaping the impossible circumstances of war and oppression, and to recognize and appreciate the uplifting powers of freedom and kindness.
In that, Daylight Forever is a very inspiring book to help learn and understand the struggle of refugees and the contribution of our immigrants and fellow humans to our societies.
It's a page turner, and I highly recommend Daylight Forever. It has enriched my perspective in many ways, opened my mind, moved my heart and shored up my confidence in the power of caring and human connection.
This is an inspirational story about a girl and how she had to flee her country to save herself from a war and a revolution.
I can relate to that because I left too, and I was there, and I appreciated how she brings out the story of so many people like her and her faith at that time.
I had friends like her at the time and I saw how they had to leave behind everything they loved, cherished and respected. How families were torn apart.
Her story will be an eye opener about the world of refugees that had to endure pain and sacrifices at the time to just be able to stay safe, fed and shelter themselves.
But at the end of her journey, she did reach her goal and found peace and happiness and also try to give back to society.
Well written and easy read.
Would highly recommend it.
This book is beautifully written. It is almost poetic, as you feel the joy of a young girl's childhood, described in such detail you can almost see, taste, and hear what she describes.
As it continues, it makes it all the more devastating to read how prejudice and war leads to the sadness and frustration, confusion and fear that the author experiences when Ayatollah Khomeini comes into power, and war with Iraq destroys the life she once had.
Dr. Harvey's parents not only planned and sacrificed for all of their children's educations, but expected all four of them to be eminently successful in their chosen careers. The saga of her journey to the United States, begun at 15 years old, shows the reader the power of a dream, the strength of a parent's belief in their child's destiny, and the sacrifices you will make to achieve your goal.
Dr. Harvey explains her hope that in the telling of her story, readers will have a greater sympathy and understanding for the plight of political refugees, those with dreams of a better life, and a willingness to work for their success.
A powerful story, beautifully told.
This book is so many things.
A memoir of a life most of us in America can never imagine living but ought to know about: At fifteen, the author is escaping persecution for her faith, smuggled out of Iran as her family is trying to save each member through difficult journeys that mean separation from each other and navigating her way through a refugee process that is hard even for those with the best opportunities.
A lovely telling of the beauty and connection and community of the country of her childhood, even as it is torn apart by war and religious oppression. A harrowing tale of what it is like to grow up in the constant fear of life in a war torn country where citizens who are deemed "other" live in fear from inside forces as well as outside.
A tribute to a loving father who is a constant source of support and hope even when he is not present. A reminder of the importance of connecting with and knowing and understanding others, and a message of unity and the power of love and hope that we all need.
Everyone ought to read this book for its beauty, its fascinating story and important message.