I’m very pleased to announce that Fuse Literary has signed Nahid Rachlin, the talented and award-winning author of the memoir PERSIAN GIRLS. A bit about Nahid: Nahid Rachlin went to the Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then went on to Stanford University’s MFA program on a Stegner Fellowship. Her publications include a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS, and four novels, JUMPING OVER FIRE, FOREIGNER, MARRIED TO A STRANGER, THE HEART’S DESIRE, and a collection of short stories, VEILS and CROWD OF SORROWS. Her individual short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook, and Shenandoah. One of her stories was adapted by Symphony Space, “Selected Shorts,” and was aired on NPR’s around the country and two stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has received favorable reviews in major magazines and newspapers and is translated into Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Dutch, German, Arabic, and Persian.
Nahid has been interviewed in NPR stations such as All Things Considered (Terry Gross), Poets & Writers, and Writer’s Chronicle. She has written reviews and essays for New York Times, Newsday, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Other grants and awards she has received include the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She has taught creative writing at Barnard College, Yale University and at a wide variety of writers conferences, including Paris Writers Conference, Geneva Writers Conference, and Yale Writers Conference. She has been judge for several fiction awards and competitions, including: Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction (2015) sponsored by AWP; Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award sponsored by Poets & Writers; Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize; University of Maryland, English Dept., Teichmann Fiction Prize; and Barnard College, English Dept.
Jennifer will be working with Nahid to place her next fiction work, SYMMETRICAL LIVES, which focuses on identical twin sisters, Zarrin and Roya, born in Iran to an Argentinean mother and Iranian father. The novel is mainly set in the present day Tehran, and deals with themes of identity, self-realization, cross-cultural issues, motherhood, sisterhood, betrayal, unfathomable loss and envy, depression, marriage, impact of memories, illusion, and reality. It is an emotionally moving novel that asks: what happens when the person you know and love most in the world, your own sister, may have betrayed you? You can learn more about Nahid at her website http://www.nahidrachlin.com. Congratulations Nahid!