Friday, February 15, 2013

Dina Nayeri

Dina Nayeri was born in the middle of a revolution in Iran and moved to Oklahoma at ten-years-old. Her debut novel, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, was released in 2013 by Riverhead Books (Penguin), translated to 13 foreign languages, and selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers book. Her work is published or scheduled for publication in over 20 countries and has appeared in Granta New Voices, The Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Salon, Glamour, and elsewhere. She holds an MBA and a Master of Education, both from Harvard, and a BA from Princeton. She has worked in high fashion, management consulting, university admissions, investment banking, and once as a grumpy lifeguard. Now Nayeri is at work on her second novel (also about an Iranian family) at the Iowa Writers Workshop where she is a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow.

A couple of weeks ago I asked he author about what she was reading. Nayeri's reply:
I recently picked up a book by the Dutch writer "Nescio" called Amsterdam Stories in a pile of books outside Strand bookstore in New York City. I've only just moved back to the states after four years of living in Amsterdam, and the title struck me and filled me with nostalgia. I almost put the book back, thinking that reading about Amsterdam would make me sad, but I love fiction from the decades surrounding the two world wars, and so I took it home. I'm not very far into the book, but I've done some research on this fascinating writer with the strange pseudonym (Latin for "I don't know") and I can't wait to dig into these stories. I already have a favorite quote: “The devil always has a good time with adorable, unaffected young women who love their lawfully wedded husbands very much.”
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The Page 69 Test: A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea.

My Book, The Movie: A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea.

--Marshal Zeringue