Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity

Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity

*A Vintage Original*From the much-acclaimed novelist and essayist, a beautifully rendered, poignant collection of personal essays, chronicling immigrant and Iranian-American life in our contemporary moment.Novelist Porochista Khakpour's family moved to Los Angeles after fleeing the Iranian Revolution, giving up their successes only to be greeted by an alienating culture. G...

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Title:Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity
Author:Porochista Khakpour
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Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity Reviews

  • Ilana
    ´When Iranians write you and say you are not Iranian enough for them, thank them, and when others say you are too Iranian for them, thank them too´.The Essays on Exile and Identity included in the Brown Album recently published by Porochista Khakpour are an interesting genuine journey of comin...
  • Kate
    "You are 19 years in America, you become an American on November 2001 and you realize you could have had a child in that time. You have no kids, no husband, no home you own, no roots. No real reason to be here. Trump becomes president and your old country is on the list of the six countries of the "...
  • Fatemeh
    A series of memories, some specific to Khakpour, many familiar to “brown” American kids of all stripes. A great collection of essays that resonated deeply with me....
  • Anahita
    I loved this book more than I expected I would. Khakpour’s writer’s voice reels you in from the very beginning, and her personal anecdotes didn’t feel tired or repetitive like a lot of writing about Iranian-America and the diaspora tends to feel. I especially enjoyed these essays/chap...
  • Natalie (CuriousReader)
    First published on my blog: https://curiousreaderr.wordpress.com/...Brown Album collects Porochista Khakpour’s essays exploring identity and expression, growing up, creative writing and loving stories, America and 9/11, and mental health, among myriad of things. She opens the book with position...
  • Shaelene (aGirlWithBookss)
    In Brown Album, Khakpour explores what it is to be an Iranian Muslim in America, and her feelings struggling with her identity. This essay collection will make you laugh & cry, and become completely absorbed in this writer's fascinating and entertaining adventures. Being a white woman, I can only sp...
  • Michael
    collects together what Khakpour considers to be the best of her writings on Iranian-American identity, immigration, and race, with almost all of the pieces available online (in some form), notably excepting the final titular essay, which grapples with what it means to be Middle Eastern in the U.S. a...
  • T
    Not sure how to feel about this collection of essays. I’ve read Khakpour’s novels (meh) and memoir (in which an important issue — women being heard and taken seriously by medical professionals — is buried by the overwhelming evidence of Khakpour being an unreliable historian). I?...

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