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Leila's Secret In fundamentalist Iran, new life sometimes means certain death When Leila comes to see Doctor Karimi, both are in danger Born in a slum to a Muslim father and a Jewish mother, Kooshyar Karimi has transformed himself into a successful doctor, an award winning writer, and an adoring father His could be a comfortable life but his conscience won t permit it he is incapable of turning away the unmarried women who beg him to save their lives by ending the pregnancies that, if discovered, would see them stoned to death One of those women isyear old Leila Beautiful, intelligent, passionate, she yearns to go to university but her strictly traditional family forbids it Returning home from the library one day among the few trips she s allowed out of the house she meets a handsome shopkeeper, and her fate is sealed Kooshyar has rescued countless women, but Leila seeks his help for a different reason, one that will haunt him for years afterwards and inspire an impossible quest from faraway Australia Spellbinding and heartbreaking Leila s Secret shows us everyday life for women in a country where it can be a crime to fall in love But for all its tragedy, this unforgettable book is paradoxically uplifting, told from the heart of Kooshyar s immense sympathy, in the hope that each of us and the stories we tell can make a difference


About the Author: Kooshyar Karimi

Kooshyar Karimi was born in 1968 in the slums of Tehran, Iran, to a family living in abject poverty His mother, Homa, was an orphaned Jew who married out of desperation to Khalil, his Moslim father, a bus driver with three wives and six other children to feed At the age of six, Kooshyar was compelled to work in order to contribute to the paltry income of his family He was only eleven years old when the Iranian Islamic Revolution ended the oldest lasting monarchy in the world Amidst this post revolutionary chaos, and the bloodshed of the Iran Iraq war, Kooshyar pursued his education through to medical school with the determination to avoid war, stay alive, and support his mother It is from here that he went on to become a published author, award winning translator, doctor, husband and father by the age of twenty six After over two years of military service, Kooshyar began to successfully practice medicine and began the research for his book, A History of Iranian Jews It is due partly to this dangerous project that Kooshyar, walking down the paved footpath to his home, was kidnapped by the Islamic Intelligence Service in the winter of 1998 Tortured, burnt, and whipped over 62 days, Kooshyar found himself faced with an unimaginable decision to spy for MOIS against his own people or to be tortured slowly to death His forced cooperation was a significant factor in the arrest of thirteen Iranian Jews in March 1999, a case that caused an international outcry Later, knowing that his value to the intelligence service had expired, Kooshyar realised that if he did not escape, he would soon be executed Using the survival instincts he had acquired in childhood, and a fateful connection from the past, Kooshyar manages to make his escape from Iran Finally, after 13 long months of dread and secrecy hiding with his wife and children in a tiny basement deep below an apartment block in Istanbul, he and his family were granted a political refugee visa to Australia by the UNHCR He is now an Australian citizen, fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Medicine, and member of the Skin Cancer Society of Australia and New Zealand He practises medicine full time in New South Wales, and writes in his spare time.



10 thoughts on “Leila's Secret

  1. says:

    When I first started reading this book I thought it was a work of fiction albeit based on factual details about Iranian society It wasn t until I researched the author a little further that I realised it was in fact a memoir based on Kooshyar Karimi s real experiences as a doctor in fundamentalist Iran in the 1980s and 1990s The main reason I thought it was fiction was because it is told in tw


  2. says:

    Beautifully written, despite my initial misgivings about the book s cover yet another dramatically veiled woman, because hey, that sells well in the West Dr Karimi and Leila s story is one that needs to be heard ContextNote, however, that their story needs to be heard in context We re talking predominantly about impoverished areas in the 1990s where people s survival revolved around violence, inflicte


  3. says:

    This book gets better andintense as you read on It really opened my mind to other cultures in this world Was a great read and I finished the last half of the book in a day because I couldn t put it down.


  4. says:

    An absolutely amazing story that had me in tears An excellent non fiction read that has really made me appreciate living in Australia.


  5. says:

    This book was a page turner and very hard to put down The reader is drawn into the lives of the doctor and the young woman Leila We are made aware of the complex and unfair system that chain women to a life that most do not want, with no voice to say no, I want , I want to be heard, I want to be of value Then when the last page is reached, the reader is left wantingA great book.


  6. says:

    Lies, lies andLIES I ve got to say I as a muslim was offended by this book I was very interested in this book just to see how this poor girl suffered and all the other girls as well but I noticed that the writer s message was much bigger than that All he wanted to do was to show that islam is a barbaric religion So much exaggeration was in this book that at times I felt like laughing because I ve been to Iran and I have family there


  7. says:

    Leila s Secret is an alarming and enlightening read It is a difficult story to face at times, as the reader confronts the perilous existence of an Iranian doctor who secretly performs illegal abortions and one of his patients, a young woman who falls for a man on her brief excursions outside a closeted existence at home Both face death if caught.Karimi s use of first person narrative is a bit disconcerting, and the final pages, in which he


  8. says:

    When I selected this book, I thought it was a work of fiction This book tells of the life of the author who was a doctor whilst living in Iran It is written like a work of fiction with alternating chapters of the Doctor and Leila It was terrifying and heartbreaking.


  9. says:

    I Saw Dr Karimi on the Adelaide Writers Week early this year His story moves me, his humbleness inspire me If what i thought i experienced on his sessions on ADLWW, it is just a start reading of this book brings things to new prospective This is a true story, or stories of Iranian girls, ladies, and women that have unwanted pregnancy through love, luss, or mostly, through the power and domination of men It is a storry on how an inocent 22 years old girl Le


  10. says:

    This is a work of non fiction and possibly an important documentation, told in story form, of the plight of women living under the brutality of fundamentalist Islam in Iran.The story is told by a doctor who eventually fled Iran to live in Australia.The content can be hard going but for readers who want to know, it s an education.I found the last pages riveting, as he told the story in pr cis form of the rest of his life after Leila Incredible.


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