5 2020

People of the Book Series: Parnaz Foroutan, Home is a Stranger

2:00PM - 3:00PM  


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Parnaz Foroutan: Home is a Stranger

Unmoored by the death of her father and disenchanted by the American dream, Parnaz Foroutan leaves Los Angeles for Iran 19 years after her family fled the religious police state brought in by the Islamic theocracy. From the moment Parnaz steps off the plane in Tehran, she contends with a world she only partially understands. Struggling with her own identity in a culture that feels both foreign and familiar, she tries to find a place for herself between the American girl she is and the woman she hopes to become. Written with the same literary grace and passion as her fiction, Home is a Stranger is a memoir about the meaning of desire, the transcendence of boundaries, and the journey to find home.

Parnaz Foroutan is the author of The Girl from the Garden, which received the PEN Emerging Voices Award and was named one of Booklist’s “Top 10 First Novels” of 2015.