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Shabnam Piryaei's novel FORWARD published: Not Your Typical Diaspora Story

Press Release by MUSEUM Books, Los Angeles, CA

Shabnam Piryaei, award-winning filmmaker and author of ode to fragile, has published a novel that challenges the dominant narratives of Iranian immigration, spirituality and sexuality. 15% of the profits from her book are being donated to OMID Foundations. Forward is available through Amazon and through the publisher’s website (

City Book Review described Ms. Piryaei’s first book as a “terrifyingly beautiful collection on the manifestations of fragility and vulnerability in the human body and soul [that] will leave you at the edge of your seat well after its final pages.”

Forward follows thirteen-year-old Ylenia who, haunted by the silence of her mother’s prolonged mourning and her own paralyzing inhibitions, immigrates to New York. As an adult, Ylenia must come to terms with her deep fear of loss and the significance of how we choose to live our lives. Through the courage and honesty of those whom she meets, Ylenia perceives the selfishness of her cowardice and the need to release her grip on the past.

Forward is a novel-in-stories, a fragmented and interconnected composite of glimpses and individuals-all of whom remind us of our shared vulnerability, strength, ennui, joy, fear and wilderness.

Ms. Piryaei has been awarded the Poets & Writers Amy Award and the Transport of the Aim Poetry Prize, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her writings have been performed at the MAD Theatre Festival in the U.K. She has also written and directed three short films that have been screened in film festivals and art galleries in the U.S. and internationally. Read more about the author at

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