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Porochista Khakpour

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in Tehran, Iran



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Porochista Khakpour is the author of the memoir Sick (Harper Perennial, June 2018)—a “Most Anticipated Book of 2018,” according to HuffPost, Bustle, Bitch, Nylon, Volume1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, and more. She also authored the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more — and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove, 2007)—the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” a Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Bookforum, Slate, Salon, Spin, CNN, The Daily Beast, Elle, and many ot ...more

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“An audaciously ambitious novel that teeters along a tightrope but never falls off.

Following her well-received debut (Sons and Other Flammable Objects, 2007), this Iranian-American novelist returns with what on the surface is a coming-of-age story about a boy who was raised as a bird, based on a myth from the Persian Book of Kings (which finds its way into the story
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Average rating: 3.51 · 6,002 ratings · 869 reviews · 16 distinct worksSimilar authors
Sick: A Memoir

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The Last Illusion

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Sons and Other Flammable Ob...

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Parsnips in Love

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Brown Album: Essays on Exil...

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The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
"This novel is far more than it's summary. It is a beautiful tangle of myth, love, magic, and illusion giving the reader one wonderful story. Zal begins his life in a cage, after his mother (horrified by his pale skin and hair) treats him like a bird." Read more of this review »
The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
"From the critically acclaimed authors of "Sons and Other Flammable Objects" comes a bold fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York, based on the legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh, the Book of Kings."
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The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
"Zal was raised as a bird, but he isn't really a bird. He is a boy, but only in the physical sense. Trapped in a cage for the first ten years of his life by an abusive mother for having light skin, his siblings were the other caged birds, from whom he" Read more of this review »
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“And the deal with so many chronic illnesses is that most people won't want to believe you. They will tell you that you look great, that it might be in your head only, that it is likely stress, that everything is okay. None of these are the right things to say to someone whose entire existence is a fairly consistent torture of the body and mind. They say it because they are well-intentioned usually, because they wish you the best, but they also say it because you make them uncomfortable. Your existence is evidence of death. . . .”
Porochista Khakpour, Sick: A Memoir

“It is no coincidence then that doctors and patients and the entire Lyme community report—anecdotally, of course, as there is still a frustrating scarcity of good data on anything Lyme-related—that women suffer the most from Lyme. They tend to advance into chronic and late-stage forms of the illness most because often it's checked for last, as doctors often treat them as psychiatric cases first. The nebulous symptoms plus the fracturing of articulacy and cognitive fog can cause any Lyme patient to simply appear mentally ill and mentally ill only. This is why we hear that young women—again, anecdotally—are dying of Lyme the fastest. This is also why we hear that chronic illness is a women's burden. Women simply aren't allowed to be physically sick until they are mentally sick, too, and then it is by some miracle or accident that the two can be separated for proper diagnosis. In the end, every Lyme patient has some psychiatric diagnosis, too, if anything because of the hell it takes getting to a diagnosis.”
Porochista Khakpour, Sick: A Memoir

“Don’t ask for advice too much. Go with you, as gritty as that might be at times.”
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