A powerful literary tribute to women in exile
Until recently, Iranian literature had overwhelmingly been the domain of men. But things have changed. The new hybrid culture of Iranian Americans has produced a uniquely feminine literary voice. Let Me Tell You Where I've Been is an extensive collection of the poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of women whose lives have been shaped by history, exile, and immigration. They represent an emerging multicultural generation of female sensibility and eloquence. You will not find flat predictable images here. Rather, these women write beyond the boundaries of place and inhabit a space somewhere between language and literature.
Featuring over one hundred selections (two-thirds of which have never been published before) over fifty contributors-including such well-known writers as Gelareh Asayesh, Tara Bahrampour, Firoozeh Dumas, and Roya Hakakian-the collection represents a substantial cross section of this unique multicultural community. Divided into six parts, the book's themes of exile, family, resistance, love, and gender come together in the end. They create a conversation about Iran, Iranian culture, the Persian and English languages, and the dual identities of its authors as represented and expressed in the West. Readers can share in the discovery of the wisdom and beauty of these women and simultaneously witness them harnessing a power that is unmistakably their own. PERSIS KARIM was born in the United States to an Iranian father and a French mother. She is an assistant professor of English at San Jose State University in California and coeditor of A World Between: Poems, Short Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans. AL YOUNG is the poet laureate of California. Young has a long list of publications as the author of novels and poetry collections to musical memoirs and screenplays. Currently, he is working on a new novel called A Piece of Cake, a sequel to his Sitting Pretty.