Fiction. Middle Eastern Studies. Women's Studies. To pursue her dream of building a life free from violence for her son and herself, Yalda flees from her nightmarish past as well as her troubled homeland, Iran. But in her new haven, she realizes that nightmares haunt not only her past, but also her present and future. She does what she can to survive, but all her plans dissolve like the shadows and ghosts that follow her. Having fled from an authoritarian regime, and now living in a North America panic-stricken by global terrorism, Yalda is obsessed with all the forms and aspects of violence. She is estranged from her beloved son, Nader, who trains to become an armed security guard, and this means he is wearing a uniform and carrying weapons, prepared to be violent. She cannot forget that her first love was shot and killed by a young prison guard and that her beloved stepbrother also met a violent death. This family history is a wound that makes guns taboo and Yalda yearns to feel safe in a troubled world. The novel is part memory, part dream, and part present, day-to-day struggles for immigrants living in Toronto and Montreal.
Fereshteh Molavi is the author of the fiction book THIRTY SHADOW BIRDS (Inanna Publications, 2019). Born in Tehran a month after the coup in 1953, Fereshteh Molavi lived and worked there as a writer, editor, award- winning translator, and research librarian until 1998 when she immigrated to Toronto. While in Iran, unable to publish some of her works due to censorship and war, she compiled a comprehensive bibliography of short stories in Persian and also translated numerous works by internationally-known writers. After ceasefire in 1988, she published her first novel, Khaneh-ye abr-o-bad (The House of Cloud and the Wind), her first collection of short stories, Pari-ye Aftabi (The Sun Fairy), and two other works of fiction. In Canada, she taught Persian language and literature at University of Toronto and York University, and essay writing at Seneca College. As a member of PEN Canada, she was a fellow at Massey College and a lecturer-in-residence at George Brown College. Molavi has had readings in Sweden, France, U.S., and Canada. Her work has appeared in many North American anthologies, among them, Speaking in Tongues and TOK. Since 2009, she has published two more novels, two collections of short fiction, and one collection of essays in Persian, which though censored in Iran, have been released in Europe.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN