List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-02-04

    READING AND BOOKSIGNING FROM MEMOIR, PERSIAN GIRLS, BY NAHID RACHLIN

    Europe - France Monday - February 4, 2008     07:00 PM

    FRANCE, PARIS

    February 4, Monday, 7:00 P.M.

    Reading, Q&A, book signing, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir

    Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

    37 rue de la Bûcherie | Latin Quarter

    event is free

    Info: 33 1 43 25 40 93



    DESCRIPTION OF PERSIAN GIRLS

    In a story of ambition, oppression, hope, heartache, and sisterhood, Persian Girls traces Rachlin's coming of age in Iran and her domineering father-her tangled family life, and her relationship with her older sister, and unexpected soul mate, Pari. Both girls refused to accept traditional roles prescribed for them under Muslim cultural laws. They devoured forbidden books. They had secret romances. But then things quickly changed. After narrowly avoiding an unhappy match herself with a man her parents chose for her, Nahid came to America, where she found literary success. Back in Iran, however, Pari's dreams fell to pieces.



    SELECTED REVIEWS:

    Boston Globe:

    "Persian Girls, reads like a novel -- suspenseful, vivid, heartbreaking. In Persian Girls, Rachlin chronicles her choices and those made by her sisters, her mother and her aunts, throwing the door to her family's home wide open. Readers who follow her through will be wiser, and moved."



    NPR: THE WORLD Selected by Christopher Merrill, the Director of Iowa International Writing Program as one of the best four books of 2006. "If you want to know what it was like to grow up in Iran this is the book to read. Her portrait of the artist is filled with light."



    BIO: Nahid Rachlin’s publications include 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). While a student I held a Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Stanford). The grants and awards she have received include, the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. .She teaches at the New School University.



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