Persian Girls: A Memoir (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 27, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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For many years, heartache prevented Nahid Rachlin from turning her sharp novelist's eye inward: to tell the story of how her own life diverged from that of her closest confidante and beloved sister, Pari. Growing up in Iran, both refused to accept traditional Muslim mores, and dreamed of careers in literature and on the stage. Their lives changed abruptly when Pari was coerced by their father into marrying a wealthy and cruel suitor. Nahid narrowly avoided a similar fate, and instead negotiated with him to pursue her studies in America.

When Nahid received the unsettling and mysterious news that Pari had died after falling down a light of stairs, she traveled back to Iran-now under the Islamic regime-to find out what happened to her truest friend, confront her past, and evaluate what the future holds for the heartbroken in a tale of crushing sorrow, sisterhood, and ultimately, hope.

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Great insight into Persian life in the 1960s. - Goodreads

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I liked how it was biographical but I found it a bit unrealistic... she escapes to America and thre rest of the sisters are stuck in Iran Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Nahid Rachlin, born in Iran, came to the United States to attend college and stayed. Among her publications are a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin), four novels, JUMPING OVER FIRE (City Lights), FOREIGNER (W.W. Norton), MARRIED TO A STRANGER (E.P.Dutton), THE HEART'S DESIRE (City Lights),and a collection of short stories, VEILS(City Lights). Her work has been published in Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Farsi, Arabic. All her published books are currently in print in paperback editions and are available at chain stores as well as independent ones. They are also widely used in college courses.Her individual short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook, Shenandoah, New Letters. They have been reprinted in several anthologies, including, Literature, The Human Experience, St. Martin's Press. Her essays have been published in Natural History Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series and in an anthology, How I Learned to Cook and other writings On Complex Mother-Daughter Relationships, Penguin. She has written reviews for the New York Times and Newsday.While a student she held a Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Stanford). The grants and awards she has received include, the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Currently she teaches at the New School University and the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y. She has taught at Yale University and Barnard College. She is an associate fellow at Yale. The Writers conferences she has taught at include: Geneva,Switzerland Writers Conference, Paris Summer Writers conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Aspen, Taos, Southampton College, Hofstra University, Iowa University, Centrum, Marymount Manhattan College, Writers in Paradise, Florida, Antioch, Abroad Writers Conference, Rutgers.

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