NOVELS

The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.

“An energetically inventive epic… unusual, engrossing storytelling,” ~Kirkus Review

“A riveting tale…Eye opening…Readers will be rewarded.”~Publisher’s Weekly

“Raphael’s Son died alone in his car, sitting upright behind the wheel with his safety belt on and his throat slashed from right to left–a clean, some would say artful, cut of almost surgical precision.”

Caspian Rain

Nominated by MacAdam Cage Publishing for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize

“One of the Best Books of the Year,” ~Chicago Tribune

Winner of the Persian Heritage Foundation Award

“She’s sixteen years old–a young woman in a city with blue mountains.”

Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

Long Listed for the Orange Prize” Winner of the IMPAC Award and the Harold U. Ribalow Award

#1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller

“As I watch her now, three hundred and ninety-three pounds and gaining by the day, her frame so vast she has not been able to pull it upright in more than two months or to fit through any doorway without first having to take the door off its hinges…”

Sunday’s Silence

“One of the Best Books of the Year,” ~Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

“Listen. I will tell you a story you will not easily forget–one you cannot turn away from, or deny, or leave behind in the folds of my hands and on the edges of my lips.”

Cry of the Peacock

Winner of the Los Angeles Arts Council Award for Fiction

Winner of the Phi Kappa Phi Award

“In the women’s prison where the guards had taken Peacock, six people slept in a cell designed for one.”

NOVELS

The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.

“An energetically inventive epic… unusual, engrossing storytelling,” ~Kirkus Review

“A riveting tale…Eye opening…Readers will be rewarded.”~Publisher’s Weekly

“Raphael’s Son died alone in his car, sitting upright behind the wheel with his safety belt on and his throat slashed from right to left–a clean, some would say artful, cut of almost surgical precision.”

Caspian Rain

Nominated by MacAdam Cage Publishing for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize

“One of the Best Books of the Year,” ~Chicago Tribune

Winner of the Persian Heritage Foundation Award

“She’s sixteen years old–a young woman in a city with blue mountains.”

Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

Long Listed for the Orange Prize” Winner of the IMPAC Award and the Harold U. Ribalow Award

#1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller

“As I watch her now, three hundred and ninety-three pounds and gaining by the day, her frame so vast she has not been able to pull it upright in more than two months or to fit through any doorway without first having to take the door off its hinges…”

Sunday’s Silence

“One of the Best Books of the Year,” ~Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

“Listen. I will tell you a story you will not easily forget–one you cannot turn away from, or deny, or leave behind in the folds of my hands and on the edges of my lips.”

Cry of the Peacock

Winner of the Los Angeles Arts Council Award for Fiction

Winner of the Phi Kappa Phi Award

“In the women’s prison where the guards had taken Peacock, six people slept in a cell designed for one.”

Short Story: “The Gravedigger’s Kaddish”

2014 | Tehran Noir

Gina’s short story “The Gravedigger’s Kaddish” is included in the anthology Tehran Noir, published by Akashic Books and edited by Salar Abdoh.

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Short story: “Murder in Holmby Hills”

Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers

Gina’s short story “Murder in Holmby Hills” appears in the anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers.

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One-Act Play: Becoming American

2012 | Jewish Women’s Theatre

Gina’s one-act play “Becoming American” was performed in the Jewish Women’s Theatre’s production of Saffron & Rosewater. For more information about the production,

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Personal Memoir: “The Third Temple”

2009-2010 | The Journal of the Casden Institute at USC

Gina’s personal memoir “The Third Temple: Iranian Jews and the Blessings of Exile – A personal Memoir” was included in the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life Volume 7.

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Cooking Lessons

Gina B. Nahai

Gina B. Nahai

Pour three cups of rice into a bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water. Stir the rice in the water, making sure you don’t crush the grains, then throw out the water. Repeat five times.

I’m 9 years old — in my mother’s kitchen on the second floor of our house in Tehran. It’s mid-morning, early summer, but the heat is already oppressive.

I’ve been out of school for a week. I spend my days playing in the yard with my two sisters and with the occasional cousin who comes over for a visit. I harass the gardener to let me water the lawn, even if there’s no need for it, sit with the maid in the narrow strip of shade in the servants’ yard and watch her soak our clothes in enormous pewter tubs that she has filled with water, soap and lavender. When she’s not looking, I dip my hands, up to the elbows, in the cool water and watch the soap bubbles coat my skin.

The sixth time you fill the bowl, don’t throw the water out. Put a piece of rock salt in it and let the rice soak overnight.

My mother is 26 years old. Every summer, she teaches my sisters and me things every woman needs to know. We’ve learned to sew buttons and hems, to crochet and knit, to iron shirts and dresses. This year, she’s teaching me how to make rice, because she’s going to Israel with her sisters for two months. One of them is having surgery in Tel Aviv, and the others are going to take care of the patient while she recovers.

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Essay: “Mercy”

2006-2007 | Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt

Gina’s essay “Mercy” appeared in the collection Modern Jewish Girl’s guide to Guilt.

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