Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
From the critically acclaimed author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects comes a bold fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York, based on a legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh, the Book of Kings.
"An audaciously ambitious novel . . . . Plot summary fails to convey the spirit of this creative flight of fancy; farce meets disaster in a novel that illuminates what it means to be human, normal and in love." (—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The Last Illusion deftly, unexpectedly, blends Persian myth with modern life, and with the perils and pleasures of magic. In a gripping, sinuous, sometimes explosive voice, Porochista Khakpour tell us a story like no other, with a protagonist like no other—and there is not a reader who will not remember him always.” (—Amy Bloom
Porochista Khakpour’s honors include fellowships from the NEA, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, Northwestern University, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Ucross, and Yaddo. Her nonfiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Spin, Slate, and Salon, among many others. Khakpour currently teaches at Columbia’s MFA program, Fordham University, and Wesleyan University.
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