A glimpse into the challenges and joys of immigrants and refugees’ lived experiences in the diaspora.
Mehri Yalfani’s new collection consists of nineteen short stories, primarily from Iranian women’s perspectives set in Iran and Canada. In the story “Rainy Day,” a little girl longs for a doll with golden hair; in “Adopted Child,” a successful business professional delays having a baby but then discovers a secret; in “Armchair Émigré,” siblings struggle to settle their parents’ estate; an educated woman finds herself cleaning the home of a wealthy, illiterate woman to pay the bills in the story “Adam,” and, in the title story, a family is divided (literally) when the mother loses her job and they must make difficult decisions for their future. These varied, compelling snapshots of family, friendship, culture, tradition, discrimination, class issues, and struggle offer a glimpse into the challenges and joys of immigrants and refugees’ lived experiences in the Canadian diaspora.
Fiction. Middle Eastern Studies. Women’s Studies.
Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. She graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for twenty years. She immigrated to Canada in 1987 with her family, and has been writing and publishing ever since. Four novels and two collections of short stories written in Farsi, her mother language, were published in Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. Her novel, Dancing In A Broken Mirror, published in Iran, was a finalist for the "Book of the Year" in 2000. She has published several books in English, including Parastoo: Stories and Poems (1995); Two Sisters (2000); Afsaneh's MoonAfsaneh's Moon was published in Iran in 2004. A volume of poetry in Farsi, Rahavard, was also published in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of American and Canadian anthologies. Her most recent collection of short fiction, THE STREET OF BUTTERFLIES, was published in 2017. She lives and writes in Toronto.
Author City: Toronto, ON CAN