~by Marjane Satrapi
2006 Eisner Award Nominee
Yet another fantastic graphic novel by the author and artist of the award-winning Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. Embroideries looks into the hidden lives of Iranian women. After a meal, the menfolk leave them to clean up and talk amongst themselves over tea. Her grandmother states,"to speak behind others' backs is a ventilator of the heart," and so begins "a long ventilation of the heart." The conversation among family and close friends soon turns to gossip, men, love, and marriage: how to fake being a virgin, the mistakes made in choosing men, how to escape an arranged marriage, the joys of plastic surgery. Embroideries was a wonderful and insightful look into another culture. The clean black and white graphics are very effective and the book is a joy to experience.