Laleh Khadivi

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(Khadivi, Laleh) Laleh Khadivi is the author of The Age of Orphans, a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, and The Walking. She has been awarded a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an NEA Literature Fellowship. She has also worked as a director, producer, and cinematographer of documentary films. Her debut film, 900 Women, aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Khadivi’s timely coming-of-age novel, A Good Country (Bloomsbury USA) tracks the progression of a fourteen-year-old son of Iranian immigrants from straight-A student, to happy-go-lucky stoner, to religious radical. The Guardian writes, “An expertly crafted coming-of-age story about radicalisation and cultural integration . . . Khadivi places a series of clues in the narrative to indicate the struggle of migrant families to become American, and the contrasting anxieties between the generations with their potential for violent rupture.”