Women Under the Influence
In a spate of recent novels, Iranian-American women peer beneath the veil to examine Islamic culture's impact and intimate legacy.
Sons and Other Flammable Objects:
by Porochista Khakpour
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From the outset, Yaas, the young Jewish Iranian narrator of Gina Nahai's novel Caspian Rain, is an unwelcome child. The first strike against her is that she is born a girl, and as everyone in her family knows, "there's nothing but trouble and shame where girls are involved." Her mother, Bahar, welcomes Yaas into the world with tears of despair, having hoped that the child would be a boy. Instead, she struggles to make do