I’ve Discovered Nahid Rachlin

By Susan Abraham

Aug 7, 2010 – …Last night, unable to sleep once more and thanks to the final remnants of a fading jet lag, I settled down to read The Heart’s Desire, a riveting paperback, published by an older, stylish Iranian-American novelist, an Associate Fellow at Yale  and currently a New York resident, Nahid Rachlin. I had picked up the novel at the famously-eclectic Kinokuniya Bookstore in Kuala Lumpur, the day before.  I recognised the rare intimate study of family portraits, as a 1995 edition and simply had to have it.

In a nutshell, Jennifer an American working in a hospital and playacting the loving mother and wife, marries Karim, an Iranian Professor, who lives and works in Columbus, USA. They have a small son, Darius. As soon as the Iran-Iraq war is over, the small family reluctantly returns for two months to Tehran.

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