Strong, independent and always with an opinion of her own, Pari grew up in an environment where women were expected to marry while they were young and bear children, but she elopes with a wealthy older man who already has one wife. Her husband is Master to a large rural village community and, as his new wife, she becomes the Zan-Arbab, the Woman Master .
Realising that she is unable to have children Pari lives vicariously through the villagers and learns important life-lessons. Her somewhat idyllic life changes drastically when , soon after her husband takes another wife who can bare him children, he loses all his money and is forced to sell his villages.
Pari flees to her cousin Zeeba’s house in Tehran, where she finds the family full of conflicts and strong personalities waiting to collide. Treated as a servant responsible for cooking, cleaning and other menial tasks, Pari is, however, the one person Zeeba and the other women in the household turn to in times of trouble.
As time goes by Pari sees changes in the status of women in Iranian society and the new challenges this brings to everyone, young and old. Throughout the turmoil, she maintains a steady resilience and in doing so suggests that age-old cultural traditions have much to offer the Iran of today.
Told with exquisite style and grace, Woman Master is set to become an international best seller.