Bahiyyih Nakhjavani's "Us & Them" : A Novel of Immigration


The Markaz and the Pacific Arts Center co-present an exclusive occasion to meet acclaimed international author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani on the occasion of her new novel Us & Them out from Stanford University Press, following her 2015 success, The Woman Who Read Too Much. This reading and author signing event is free to the public and takes place at the Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd in Westwood (a few blocks east of Westwood Blvd and just west of Beverly Glen), 7 pm, doors open 6:30 pm, Saturday, April 22. Street parking. Copies of Us & Them will be available to have signed.

Seating is limited, please RSVP online below.

us-and-them-cover-200.jpgA story mirrored in fragmented lives, Us & Them explores the ludicrous and the tragic, the venal and the generous-hearted aspects of Iranian life away from home. It is a story both familial and familiar in its generational tensions and misunderstandings, its push and pull of obligations and expectations. It also highlights how "we" can become "them" at any moment, for our true exile is alienation from others. Acclaimed author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani offers a poignant satire about migration, one of the vital issues of our times.

bahiyyih_nakhjavani__ulg_tilt_houet-200.jpgIn Us & Them, Lili and Goli have argued endlessly about where their mother, Bibijan, should live since the Iranian Revolution. They disagree about her finances too, which remain blocked as long as she insists on waiting for her son—still missing but not presumed dead yet—to return from the Iran–Iraq war. But once they begin to "share" the old woman, sending her back and forth between Paris and Los Angeles, they start asking themselves where the money might be coming from. Only their Persian half-sister in Iran and the Westernized granddaughter of the family have the courage to face up to the answers, and only when Bibijan finally relinquishes the past can she remember the truth.

Bahiyyih Nakhjavani grew up in Uganda, was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, and now lives in France. She is the author of The Woman Who Read Too Much (2015), The Saddlebag (2001), and Paper (2005), as well as non-fiction works about fundamentalism and education. Her novels have been published in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew, Russian, and Korean.

  • April 22, 2017 at 7pm – 8:30pm
  • Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90025
  • 32 people are going
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