The Big, Brown Suitcase

A Woman's Journey to Freedom

by Parvin Kolahdooz

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/07/2024

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9798765253120
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9798765253113
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9798765253137

About the Book

Raised in a traditional Iranian family, eighteen-year-old Parvin Kolahdooz felt increasingly restricted after the 1979 Islamic revolution. She was trapped in a society where just a few strands of her hair showing from under her hijab could land her in jail, where her fatherlessness left her increasingly vulnerable to being given away in marriage, and where venturing alone put her at risk of sexual harassment or death. Left with no other choice, Parvin prepared to flee. In a candid retelling of her escape from an oppressive regime to gain freedom, Parvin leads others through her courageous journey as she purchased a big brown suitcase and made her first trip alone to apply for a US student visa where she was confronted, at gunpoint, during the hostage crisis at the American embassy. As she details the numerous social, political, and personal challenges that followed, Parvin reveals how she remained steadfast in her pursuit of freedom, confronted inner conflicts stemming from generational beliefs, and ultimately tapped into an inner strength that paved a clear path to freedom. The Big Brown Suitcase is the inspiring true story of a young Iranian woman’s escape from an oppressive regime to gain freedom, change her beliefs, and step into the life she desired.

About the Author

Parvin Kolahdooz is an Iranian-born Canadian memoirist, a certified integral master coach, and a lover of nature. She is dedicated to helping individuals unlock their full potential and navigate life’s transitions with grace and confidence. Her compassionate approach and unwavering commitment to personal growth make her a trusted mentor and guide for those seeking transformation and fulfillment in their lives. For more about Parvin’s work, visit