Home Is a Stranger

Home Is a Stranger
Home Is a Stranger

Home Is a Stranger

By Parnaz Foroutan


224 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $29.99)

ISBN 9781948705608

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Mar 2020)
Amberjack Publishing


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New travel nonfiction from a break-out novelist and recipient of a PEN Emerging Voice fellowship that speaks to the immigrant and female experiences of America and Iran
Unmoored by the death of her father and disenchanted by the American Dream, Parnaz Foroutan leaves Los Angeles for Iran, nineteen 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.


"A thought-provoking memoir about the challenges of personal and national relations."—Foreword Reviews

"Foroutan's sumptuous prose paints a vivid portrait of a rarely explored historical and cultural setting." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review for The Girl from the Garden)

"Foroutan's lyrical debut offers a mosaic of stories evoking life within a wealthy Jewish home in Kermanshah, Iran, in earlier times. . . . Deftly structured." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review for The Girl from the Garden)

Author Biography

Parnaz Foroutan is the author of The Girl from the Garden (Ecco 2015). She lives in Los Angeles.