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Home is a Stranger: An LA Girl’s Quest for Love in Iran

by Parnaz Foroutan

Release Date: 10/8/2019

ISBN: 9781948705608 | eBook ISBN: 9781948705615

A memoir of healing the many holes in one heart.

The daughter of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father, Parnaz fled persecution in Iran as a young girl and grew up an immigrant in Los Angeles. Nineteen years later, after the death of her father and a frightening diagnosis for herself, she decides rekindling her shattered spirit is more important to her than undergoing open-heart surgery. She returns to her homeland, this time as a stranger.

A memoir about transcending boundaries and the meaning of hospitality—not only in the sense of welcoming others into our lives but also of remaining open to the world in the wake of loss. 


Praise for Parnaz Foroutan:

A riveting, finely wrought portrait of loss, longing, and passion . . . Foroutan is a writer of astounding talent, and her tale is moving and unforgettable.
— Carolina De Robertis, author of The Invisible Mountain
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About Parnaz Foroutan

Parnaz Foroutan was born in Iran and spent her early childhood there. She made her fiction debut with The Girl from the Garden (Ecco, 2015), for which she received the PEN USA Emerging Voices fellowship. She received grants from The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Barbara Deming Foundation, and a Hedgebrook Fellowship. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.