Home Is a Stranger (Hardcover)

By Parnaz Foroutan

Amberjack Publishing, 9781948705608, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

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The daughter of a Jewish mother and Muslim father, Parnaz fled persecution in Iran as a young girl and moved to Los Angeles. She became a bold young woman who “feels too much”—but the world is hard on young women like that. After the death of her father and a frightening diagnosis for herself, she chooses to rekindle her shattered spirit rather than undergo open-heart surgery. She returns to her homeland, this time as a stranger. Part contemporary travelogue, part meditation on living with illness, Home Is a Stranger captures one prodigal daughter’s quest for belonging in Iran, nineteen years after leaving it.

About the Author

Parnaz Foroutan was born in Iran and spent her early childhood there. She is the author of The Girl from the Garden (Ecco 2015), for which she received the PEN USA Emerging Voices fellowship. Parnaz has also received grants from The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Barbara Deming Foundation, and a Hedgebrook Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles.