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The crooked lines
Author: Ismat Chughtai

Publisher: Virgo
ISBN: 978-0349008943
Pages: 400
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The photo of a woman standing proudly, face bare, hair blowing in the wind.

Her crime: removing her veil, or hijab, which is compulsory for women in Iran.

Masih's self-portrait sparked 'My Stealthy Freedom,' a social media campaign that went viral.

'With mighty righteousness on her side and bravery in her heart' Tina Brown

But Masih is so much more than the arresting face that inspired women around the world. She's also an internationally-known journalist who grew up in a traditional village where her mother, a tailor and respected figure in the community, was the exception to the rule.

As a teenager, Masih was arrested for political activism and discovered she was pregnant while in police custody. When she was released, she married quickly and followed her husband to Tehran where she was served divorce papers. Masih spent nine years struggling to regain custody of her beloved only son and remains in forced exile from her homeland and her heritage.

Masih Alinejad's personal story is intriguing and inspiring . . . her voice is so important to Iran's civil society and the Iranian people's struggles for freedom and democracy' Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

An enlightening, intimate invitation into a little-known world, this is the extraordinary memoir of a woman who overcame enormous adversity to fight for what she believes in, and to encourage others to do the same.

'Masih Alinejad is a fearless champion . . . a reporter uncovering powerful truths and writing passionately in support of human rights in a country where doing so meant risking one's freedom and safety' Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In