Parastoo is a haunting collection of stories and poems tracing emotional contour lines between post-revolutionary Iran and the U.S., Canada and Europe, between fundamentalist theocracy in a beloved country and isolation in a foreign consumer society. Illuminated by keen understanding of human tragedy and resilience, Parastoo echoes with the sorrow of exile yet offers the tender promise of rejuvenation.
"Those were the days when horror and fear wandered everywhere like living creatures, yet I was happy. Perhaps simply because my children were at home, my husband was at work, and no danger threatened us." - from Someone Behind the Door
"That's the day the house will be ours, and you will plant vegetables and flowers in the garden. And I'll finish school, get a good job. Ramin will start university, and you'll write poetry again." - from Deliriously Happy
Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. After high school, she moved to Tehran to pursue her education in engineering at the University of Tehran. She graduated in 1963 with a degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for twenty years in government administration and at the Tehran Cement Plant. Mehri Yalfani began to write when she was in high school. Her first short story collection was published in 1966 and a novel, Before the Fall, in 1980, both in Iran. In 1987 Mehri Yalfani immigrated to Canada and has since published many short stories in Iranian publications as well as a short story collection, Birthday Party, in 1991 and a second novel, Someone is Coming, in Sweden in 1994. She writes in Farsi, her mother language and wishes one day to translate all her work into English. Mehri is currently working on a novel, Far From Home. Parastoo is her first English-language book.