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A Bride's Confession
Our memoir recounts the true story of how we met in Tehran in 1969 and how our Anglo-Iranian romance had been accurately foretold by an Assyrian fortune teller simultaneously with the terrifying fortunes of two other girls. We each recount our story individually in the first person as we recall it, putting the reader in the vantage point of understanding what each of us is thinking as he/she wonders how we lovers drawn from such very different backgrounds will ever overcome the very real impediments to a successful union.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10


Plot: The authors successfully craft a layered story told from two diverse viewpoints, with the disparate stories proceeding in tandem until protagonists John and Mahin's worlds collide. The co-authors meaningfully explore cross-cultural conflict, ultimately rendered insignificant in the face of abiding love.

Prose: The authors’ narratives are distinct from one another, yet the transitions between the two voices are smooth, and their sections ultimately coalesce into a harmonious, shared narrative experience.

Originality: The dual narrative approach offers a unique storytelling, while the focus on the evolution of a single loving and lasting relationship, is unconventional.

Character Development: The authors provide detailed reflections on their relationship from its earliest stages, evoking warmth and romance, while societal tensions and expectations threaten to keep them apart. The pairing first-person perspectives allow for a full and nuanced portrait of the authors’ individual lives and the life they pursue together.

Blurb: A Bride's Confession is a heartfelt, often funny tale of true love found that defies the senseless limitations imposed upon love by global cultures.

Date Submitted: August 25, 2018