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Porochista Khakpour

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Porochista Khakpour is the author of Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage Books, 2020); the memoir Sick (HarperCollins, 2018), which was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by the Boston Globe, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and other publications.

Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove Press, 2008) was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the “First Fiction” category. Her second novel, The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014) was named a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" by NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature and elsewhere.

The recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, Khakpour was born in Tehran, raised in the Los Angeles area, and lives in New York City.