November 21 2009 Saturday at 08:00 AM

Embroideries

 


 

A few years ago, someone sent me a link to Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Embroideries. Her other books and film, Persepolis are much-better known and I finally read all three of her works this fall (thanks, Elli for loaning them to me!). Embroideries is a work apart in that it deals exclusively with the women in her family sitting around for a ritual of drinking tea and telling secrets and sharing gossip. While "embroidery" could refer to the embellishment of the stories, it has a much more specific meaning that is related by one of Satrapi's aunts. I'll have to let you find out for yourself what "embroidery" means to them.

Link to Satrapi's Books

Related: The Subversive Stitch