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Nahid Rachlin is the award-winning author of four critically acclaimed novels, including Foreigner, a short story collection, and, most recently, a memoir, Persian Girls, which was selected by Christopher Merrill as one of the four best books of 2006, now available in Penguin paperback. As a student she attended Columbia University MFA program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship, then she went to Stanford University on a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Pen Syndicated Fiction Award. She teaches an advanced fiction workshop at New School University in NYC and in many summer writers conferences. Persian Girls tells the story of Rachlins growing up in Iran, beginning at age nine, when sh ...more


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“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars"
An ancient Persian proverb”
Nahid Rachlin

“. . . Don't live in the world as if you were renting or here only for the summer, but act as if it was your father's house. . .Believe in seeds, earth, and the sea, but people above all. Love clouds, machines, and books, but people above all." Nazim Hikmet, 20th century Turkish poet”
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message 46: by Karencita (last edited Apr 13, 2014 08:43AM)

Karencita Thank you for adding me back as your friend Nahid! I made the mistake of turning off platforms (I don't know WHY I did that!) and now I am starting all over again on Goodreads ~ I lost everything. :( HUGS.

And I am still living in Hartland, N.B. (I see me on your previous comments!) INTERESTING.


Karencita Nahid wrote: "Hello, thanks for your wonderful comment on PERSIAN GIRLS. It's so heart warming. Where do you live?"

Hartland, N.B., home of the world's longest covered bridge :)


Karencita Nahid wrote: "PS. I'm really sorry about the bugs... I hope your recovery is fast. I'm curious where this happened and where you live. Nahid"

I live in Canada, and the trip took me to Chiapas, Mexico (my 1st international flight, and my luggage was lost so I was without meds). *smile*


message 43: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin PS. I'm really sorry about the bugs... I hope your recovery is fast. I'm curious where this happened and where you live. Nahid


message 42: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Hello, thanks for your wonderful comment on PERSIAN GIRLS. It's so heart warming. Where do you live?


Karencita THANK YOU NAHID FOR ACCEPTING FRIENDSHIP WITH ME! I am housebound, permanently disabled from bug bites on a mission trip |(I would go again in a heartbeat!), and so to fill my aching hours, I love to read, especially biographies. I LOVED Persian Girls: A Memoir and you have inspired me so much to want to write my story; it takes real courage!


message 40: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Christianna, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I'm really flattered. Good luck with your own writing. Nahid


message 39: by Christianna (last edited Aug 14, 2012 08:16PM)

Christianna Marie Dear Nahid, I have read all of your published works and they are truly beautiful and inspiring pieces. I am young and just starting out with my writing but you have really inspired me with your works. Thank you for bringing such artistic insight to my life.
-Christianna Marie.


message 38: by Christine (last edited Mar 04, 2012 05:27AM)

Christine Hatfield i'm glad that we're friends on this website and i'm not going to take your course sorry lol


رناتا salam nahid khanum, sale noye miladi mobarak! enshallah ke in saale 2012 yeh saal por az movafaqqiyet o shaady beshavad.


message 36: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Sorry I have been away and didn't see your nice note. Thanks so much for your interest in my books. Nahid


message 35: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Yzobelle wrote: "Dear Nahid, what an honor to be friends with an author of one of the books I've lined up. It will surely be the next book I'll get my hands into. I like my hardbound copy of Persian Girls. =)"


message 34: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Thanks Lubna, I hope you enjoy reading PERSIAN GIRLS. Nahid


message 33: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Lubna wrote: "Thanks Nahid For adding me to ur friends list ..
Im reading your story " Iranian Girls" .these days... nice one !"



message 32: by Jesse

Jesse Hanson Thanks for adding me to your friends list, Nahid. Hope you have a good and blessed year. jesse


Adrianna Hi Nahid,

Thanks for all the invites to events, but can you please not send me invites to places outside of California? I really cannot afford to travel to the out of state ones.

Thank you,

Adrianna


Mohammad Khan.ch. dear,


I came to your page.But your that book is not here!!!!!!!!!yours, khan.waiting!!!!!!!


Yzobelle Dear Nahid, what an honor to be friends with an author of one of the books I've lined up. It will surely be the next book I'll get my hands into. I like my hardbound copy of Persian Girls. =)


message 28: by Nazanin (last edited Oct 03, 2010 12:09PM)

Nazanin hi dear Nahid,
nice to be a friend of u here,yes i do still live in iran.Arak.wow,ur books and fans seem exiting :) unfortunatlly i haven't read them,books i mean,but i'll do it dear as soon as possible.
at the moment i'm writin a short story ,i do hope u will help me.i need some experts advise.


message 27: by Susie

Susie Saiter Hi Nahid--Good to be "freinds" on this site, as well as in real life--xoxoxo Susan Saiter


message 26: by Ivana

Ivana Hi Nahid,
It's nice to meet you. Your books sound wonderful, cheers Ivana


Mohammad Khan.ch. dear nahid,




thank you very much for your nice invite. your story is very much excellent and very good. I love your book,"The Persain Girls"".


Please send to me your email address so we can develope our friendship.


yours, khna.waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!mkminhas2003@yahoo.com


message 24: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Jen, Thanks for your interest. I hope you will connect to the story of my life. All the best, Nahid


message 23: by Jen

Jen Knox good to meet you. i see you've written a memoir, and i have a soft spot in my heart for memoirs, so i hope to read it soon. best, jen


message 22: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Thanks. Nice to be friends. Nahid


message 21: by Rauf

Rauf Hey, Nahid. Thanks for the friend request :) Whoa you've written a lot of books and you got quite a few fans. There wouldn't happen to be a contest where I could win them all would it?


message 20: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Alta, that conference in India didn't take place, for various budget problems. They might be rescheduling it but that's up in the air right now. Thanks for your interest. All the best, Nahid


message 19: by Alta

Alta Hi Nahid,

I recently discovered your name among the list of invited authors at a Conference in India (which, actually, is taking place right now). I mention this because the conf. organizer was also the organizer for a retreat/conference I went to a year ago in France (and some of the invited people are the same). I would have liked to go to India but I discovered it to late--I am curious to get some more details after you get back. My personal email is altaifland@yahoo.com.
Thanks, Alta



message 18: by Othello

Othello Hi Nahid. Thanks for requesting the friendship!
Othello


message 17: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Happy to be friends! Nahid Rachlin


Michelle Hi Nahid, thanks for the friend invitation. I wasn't expecting a real-life author to add me as a friend, so this is a very pleasant surprise!

Wishing you all the best!


message 15: by Annie

Annie Hartman thank you for the add!


message 14: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Simon, Thanks for your interest in my memoir. I would love to get your feedback on it.

I usually don't read mysteries, but I like the idea of identity and so I'll read your work.

What happened to the Persian friends? Did they return to Iran?


message 13: by Simon

Simon Ph.D. Hi Nahid,

Glad to be your friend.


message 12: by Jeanne

Jeanne Thank you for the friend invitation. It gave me the opportunity to discover your writings. I would especially love to read your memoir, 'Persian Girls'.
In the late seventies, my college-student daughter befriended a group of Persian girls who were students here also. The young women spent a lot of time with our family which was enriching for all of us.
Jeanne


message 11: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.


message 10: by Jarome

Jarome Yes, I think she did, by way of California. It was a while ago. I keep looking for her on FaceBook. Ha! Anyways, yours is next on my list! Talk soon.


message 9: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Jarome, did your girl friend return to Iran? I would love to know your reaction to my memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS. Nahid


Jarome Hi Nahid! Nice to be a goodreads friend. Before I read your profile, I did not know you were Persian!! Cool. I dated a Persian girl in college and learned how to speak quite a lot of Farci. I've forgoten most of it. I wish there were more Persians here in the windy city. Who knows, maybe I could get my Farci back!

Anyways, I'm looking forward to reading your book.

Be well.



Thomas Walsh I'm honored to be one of your goodread friends!


message 6: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Nahid,

How are you? Thank you for being my friend. I wish you all the best. Good fortune on your books.

Please visit these groups when you have a chance: Happy & Brainy Group, To the Glory of Man, Reason Reigns, and Goodreads Tea Party. Have a marvelous week. Warmest regards.


message 5: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Craig, thanks for your interest. I have posted one of my short stories on my website:
http://www.nahidrachlin.com
You can click on it and read it.

I hope you'll enjoy it. All the best, Nahid Rachlin


message 4: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Hi Rita, I love Rome. Hope to meet you one day. Nahid


message 3: by Rita

Rita Thank you so much for your friendship!
All best wishes from Rome,
Rita


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Nahid Rachlin A story by Carver.


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