Abnousse Shalmani was born into an atheist Iranian family. As a young girl she refuses to be veiled and displays many characteristics that a woman in Iran should not have; she is frank, provocative, intelligent, and lively. Her family goes into exile, in Paris, to escape the constraints put upon them by the teachers and Islamists in Iran and Abnousse looks forward to her new life. She soon discovers, however, that Paris cannot provide the freedom she longed for. And when Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses is published, it raises further questions about her lifestyle. Although drawing considerably on the author's own life, Khomeini, Sade and Me is a highly engaging novel that deals with universal themes such as gender inequality, disadvantaged groups, racial and ethnic origin and the struggles of religion and migration.