Biography

Dina Nayeri

Dina Nayeri was born in Tehran during the revolution and immigrated to Oklahoma at 10 years old. She has a BA from Princeton and a Master of Education and MBA from Harvard. She is a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Dina Nayeri

Books by Dina Nayeri

by Dina Nayeri - Fiction

An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over 20 years, as she transforms from confused immigrant to overachieving Westerner to sophisticated European transplant, daughter and father know each other only from their visits. The longer they are apart, the more their lives diverge, but also the more each comes to need the other's wisdom and, ultimately, rescue. Meanwhile, refugees of all nationalities are flowing into Europe under troubling conditions. Wanting to help, but also looking for a lost sense of home, our grown-up transplant finds herself quickly entranced by a world that is at once everything she has missed and nothing that she has ever known.

by Dina Nayeri - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Growing up in a small rice-farming village in 1980s Iran, 11-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister, Mahtab, are captivated by America. When her mother and sister disappear, Saba is certain that they have moved there without her. As she grows up, falls in and out of love, and struggles with the limited possibilities in post-revolutionary Iran, Saba envisions that there is another way for her story to unfold.