Shaloo Walia (author) from India on February 24, 2020: I am so sorry to hear that. Parents Guide. During the next two weeks, Betty and Mahtob longed for the vacation to be over. The rest of Not Without My Daughter recounted Betty and Mahtob's escape from Iran, and their return to the United States. I haven't watched the movie but the book is definitely worth a read. Her claim to fame is her memoir Not Without My Daughter. The book narrates Betty's experiences during 1984-86 when she left Alpena, Michigan, to go to Iran and was subsequently held there against her wish. |

An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well. In preparation for their arrival, Betty, at Moody's request, gave her American passport to him in order for it not to be confiscated by the customs official. I generally write book reviews on my blog. At Zahidan, they would be smuggled into the Pakistani province of Balochistan, which borders Iran. It looks like we don't have a Synopsis for this title yet. ‘Not without my daughter’ is an autobiographical account of Betty Mahmoody who fell in love with an Iranian Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody and got married to him in 1977. On February 7, 1986, Betty and Mahtob finally arrived back home in Michigan, after spending eighteen months trapped in Iran. A must read! They didn't have any children, but she became a captive to her husband and his family. Betty is determined to escape from Iran, but taking her daughter with her presents a larger problem. Plot Keywords The book details her 500 mi (800 km) escape to Turkey through the snowy Iranian mountains and the help she received from many Iranians which helped her to escape. | It took her two years to get away from them. Thank you again for a wonderful review. Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 04, 2018: @Manatita Reading is my favorite pastime. But unfortunately, Betty's worst nightmare comes true as he has lied to her. Even in public, any injury or violence toward Betty and Mahtob was allowed. Upon arrival in Iran, it appears that her worst fears are realized: Moody declares that they will be living there from now on.
The trouble started when they went to Iran in 1984 for two-weeks visit. Moody is very anxious to return to his homeland again, and wants to take his wife and daughter to Iran for a two week vacation. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 03, 2018: I am familiar with this story, maybe the film, am sure I would like it if not. I make it a point to read the book first before watching it's movie adaptation. Helen informed them that, since Betty's husband was an Iranian, Iran's laws dictated that she, too, had become an Iranian citizen. The book narrates Betty's experiences during 1984-86 when she left Alpena, Michigan, to go to Iran and was subsequently held there against her wish. Thank you Hari! Mahtob was four years old at the time.The two week long visit turned out to be a fake promise. I was amazed by Betty's perseverence and courage. Betty was trapped in Iran, and could not return to the United States. If Betty divorces Moody, he'll get full custody of their daughter, and her only salvation to return home is to escape with her daughter out of Iran. On January 29, 1986, Moody, an anesthesiologist, was unexpectedly called to the hospital. She explained that, "Iranians could not be placed into a single category of fanatical American-haters". What a traumatic time it must have been for your friend!