In Azar Nafisi's personal story of growing up in Iran, she shares her memories of a life in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country's political revolution. Nafisi's intelligent and complicated mother, disappointed in her dreams of leading an important and romantic life, created mesmerising fictions about herself, her family, and her past. But her daughter soon learned that these narratives of triumph hid as much as they revealed. When her father began to see other women, young Azar began to keep his secrets from her mother. Nafisi's complicity in these childhood dramas ultimately led her to resist remaining silent about other personal - as well as political, cultural, and social - injustices. 'Things I've Been Silent About' is also a historical picture of a family that spans the many periods of change leading up to the Islamic Revolution of 1978-79.