Gina Nahai & Salar Abdoh - The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. & Tehran at Twilight

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

In conversation with novelist and book critic Susanne Pari

Award-winning novelist Gina Nahai pulls back the curtain on a close-knit community that survived centuries of persecution in Iran before settling and thriving in the United States, but now finds itself divided to the core by one of its own members. By turns hilarious and affecting, The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. examines the eternal bonds of family and community, and the lasting scars of exile.

Gina B. Nahai is a best-selling author, columnist, and full-time lecturer at USC's Master of Professional Writing Program. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages, and have been selected as "Best Books of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has also been a finalist for the Orange Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has won the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, the Persian Heritage Foundation’s Award, the Simon Rockower Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award.

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After a terse phone call from his best friend in Iran, Sina Vafa, Reza reluctantly returns to Tehran. Once there, he finds far more than he bargained for: the city is on the edge of revolution; his friend Sina is embroiled with Shia militants; his missing mother, who was alleged to have run off with a lover before the revolution, is alive and well--while his own life is in danger. Against a backdrop of corrupt clerics, shady fixers, political repression, and the ever-present threat of violence, Tehran at Twilight offers a telling glimpse into contemporary Tehran, and spins a compelling morality tale of identity and exile, the bonds of friendship, and the limits of loyalty.

Salar Abdoh was born in Iran, and splits his time between Tehran and New York City, where he is codirector of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the City College of New York. He is the author of The Poet Game and Opium. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, BOMB, Callaloo, Guernica, and on the BBC. He is the recipient of the NYFA Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts award.

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Susanne Pari is the author of The Fortune Catcher, about a young woman—American and Iranian, Jewish and Muslim—caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

 

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The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. Cover Image
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Published: Akashic Books - October 7th, 2014

Longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award
Finalist for the Jewish Book Council's 2014 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award


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Published: Akashic Books - October 7th, 2014

"Swift, hard-boiled novel...Shadowy zealots exist everywhere, whether in conference rooms or interrogation rooms or--most often--in rooms that can serve as both."
--"New York Times Book Review"
"Abdoh paints a gripping portrait of a nation awash in violence and crippled by corruption....Captivating."
--"Publishers Weekly"