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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Farnoosh Moshiri Narrator: Bernadette Dunn Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the early days of the fundamentalist revolution in Iran, a seventeen-year-old girl is arrested because of her brother’s involvement with leftist politics. She is placed in a makeshift jail—a former bathhouse, in which other women are also being held captive. These women range in age from adolescence to eldery, their mental states from stoic to insane. With intense emotion and great literary skill, Moshiri gives voice to these prisoners, exploring their torment and struggle, as well as their courage and humanity in the face of tyrants.

Based on interviews with real women who have been imprisoned, Farnoosh Moshiri’s novel is a gripping and moving narrative of oppression, injustice, and the human spirit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s hard to stop reading…Horrible as it is, you don’t want to turn away from the girl’s first-person nightmare. The language in The Bathhouse is simple, the dialogue taut, the tension immediate.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “[A] gut-wrenching, eye-opening novel. The Bathhouse shows what happens when ideology runs amok. It honors the humanity and sacrifice of the victims.”

    Tacoma News Tribune

  • “The starkly simple tale she tells is convincing in tone and substance…Moshiri’s impressive novel works at two levels, telling a compelling story while bearing witness to a brutal period in Iranian history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bernadette Dunne’s narration of the young woman’s ordeal is rendered poignantly. Her delivery is emotional—the pain and despair of the characters are present in her voice in just the right amounts…the results make the book easier to listen to than it might be to read.”


  • “Both a resolutely nonpartisan antirevolutionary brief and a gripping, harrowing story of personal courage and endurance.”


  • “Some of the torture scenes are graphic, but there is a great sense of humanity and caring in the face of unreasonable treatment and abuse…the insight of the book is universal.”


  • “Even as the prison strips away all hope, Moshiri never once lets us forget the humanity of the women of The Bathhouse as they form a family, with all of a family’s capacity for support, betrayal, despair, and dignity. The Bathhouse is beautiful and excruciating, written with such grace that it seems to exist out of time.”

    Simone Zelitch, author of Louisa

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rosabay | 12/17/2013

    " I never read a book with such violence. I couldnt stop reading it because I just really was wishing the ending was a good one. Which it just lead me to keep thinking about the book. A good book always leaves you thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 11/26/2013

    " This audiobook was sometimes difficult to listen to because of the subject matter. It was a very moving story of a young woman trying to survive after being put in prison for her brother's political activism. I can't really say I enjoyed it because of the subject, but it was very insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kata | 11/22/2013

    " I loved this book! Story is dark, but captures you from the start. And I have a signed copy by the author!!! Now, I must read her favorite one, "At the wall of Almighty"... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deb | 10/9/2013

    " This book will stay with you for some time. "

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