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For the full text, please see Nahid Rachlin, Persian Girls: A Memoir, New York: Penguin, 2006.
, born in Iran, came to the United States to attend college and stayed. Among her publications are a memoir, Persian Girls
(2007), four novels, Foreigner
(1999), Married to a Stranger
(2001), The Heart’s Desire
(2001), Jumping over the Fire
(2006), and a collection of short stories, Veils
(2001). Her work has been translated into Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Farsi and Arabic. Her short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review
, Prairie Schooner, Redbook, Shenandoah
, New Letters
. Her essays have been published in the Natural History Magazine,
the New York Times Magazine,
in the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series
and in an anthology called How I Learned to Cook: And other Writings on Complex Mother-Daughter Relationships
(2004). Rachlin has written reviews for the New York Times
. As a student, she held a Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. The grants and awards she has received include the Bennett Cerf Award, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Presently, she teaches at the New School University and the Unterberg Poetry Center. She has taught at Yale University and Barnard College. She is also an associate fellow at Yale.