Gina Nahai, who was born in Iran and lives in Los Angeles, will discuss her recent book, “Caspian Rain,” at a book-reading on Oct. 18 at Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library. “Caspian Rain,” Gina Nahai’s fourth novel, is about an Iranian Jewish family in Tehran prior to Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979. The book’s 12-year-old protagonist, Yaas, must negotiate her daily life in a family that is coming apart even as her country heads toward massive political and social upheaval.
Nahai’s visit is one of a series of events called the Jewish Studies Sunday Book and Discussion Group, which is sponsored by the William H. Hannon Library.
Holli Levitsky, director of the Jewish Studies Program, said, “Iranian—or Persian—Jews, most of whom live elsewhere now ... are often underrecognized when we think of Jewish culture, etc. [“Caspian Rain”] opens up that particular, now vanished Jewish world in an extraordinary and evocative way, effectively teaching the rest of us what it looked like.”
Nahai teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. She will sign copies of her book at the reading.
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Posted Oct. 12, 2009