Family gossip is my Achilles’ heel. I live for those moments when my mother and I get to discuss old memories of hers and mine.
So this graphic novel fit right like a glove.
Embroideries starts out with Marjane Satrapi and her family and friends sitting down with their drinks to devote themselves to their favorite activity: discussion.
There was talk of marriage, love, unfeasible men, sex, double standards, body image… simply put, Embroideries included everything I love discussing with my family and so much more.
Here are a few of my favorite talks between Marjane’s tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors:
(I was cry-laughing at this part.)
…This is why I adored Marji’s mother in Persepolis 2.Her grandmother was as wise as ever.
I laughed out loud multiple times,which I truly wasn’t expecting. And the one part I most vividly remember making me laugh too loudly was when 6-year-old Marjane was talking about her grandmother’s nose:
I almost choked laughing so hard. This conversation really hit home for me.
Also, this:It’s seriously 100% like all the conversations I’ve had in the past with my family.
To put it plainly, Embroideries was all I could have wanted from Marjane Satrapi and yet… I long for more and more.