Pasadena’s Red Hen Press Acquires New Nahid Rachlin Book, Mirage

Published on Jan 12, 2022

Los Angeles nonprofit literary publisher Red Hen Press said Wednesday it has acquired the latest novel by bestselling Iranian-American author Nahid Rachlin, titled Mirage.

Rachlin is an award-winning Iranian-American novelist and short story writer who has been described as “perhaps the most published Iranian author in the United States”.

Set in contemporary Iran, Mirage delves into the complicated relationship between two twins, Roya and her identical twin sister, Tala. Their inseparable bond became hard to maintain as they grew older, but when they both get pregnant at the same time, their relationship is rekindled. After an accident causes Roya to miscarry and Tala to go into labor, grief, jealousy, suspicion, and guilt fracture that recently renewed relationship.

Delving deep into the human psyche, Nahid Rachlin intricately explores themes of sisterly identity, betrayal, envy, depression, loss, and the impact of memories. Like Ottessa Moshfegh’s Death in Her Hands (Penguin Press, 2020), Mirage artfully juxtaposes the socio-political dynamics of contemporary Iran with a story of the nature of grief and redemption that will take firm hold of your heart.

Mirage will be released in 2024, according to a statement from Red Hen Press.

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