Fiction. Middle Eastern Studies. Payvand, an Iranian refugee and activist still plagued by nightmares, meets a suicidal Yugoslavian refugee, Ragusa, her pockets loaded with stones ready to walk into the water. As Payvand listens to Ragusa's story, Ragusa decides to stay alive long enough to hear Payvand's. In a novel that strives to raise awareness about the extent to which elites do and have manipulated various parts of the globe into wars that serve their ends, and have done so in total disregard for the consequences to the lives of millions of people like Payvand and Ragusa, friendship is the key to what happiness can be found in a world that is seemingly incapable of learning from its past mistakes. AMITY provides a window to the destruction, displacement, pain and struggle, and the life-long and irreparable psychological distress caused by war and conflict.
Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran where, pre- revolution, she worked as a writer and poet for an activist underground publication. She moved to Greece due to the brutal aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, and soon immigrated to Canada. She studied and worked as a computer programmer in Ottawa for eight years, then moved to California and worked as a systems analyst in San Francisco. After four years she returned to Canada and now resides in Vancouver, B.C. where she transferred from the computer field to Psychology and worked with the North Vancouver school district and other organizations. Today she develops, designs, and facilitates workshops, and is working on a book of poems and short stories. AMITY is her debut novel.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN