Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What is Abdi Nazemian reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Abdi Nazemian, author of The Authentics.

His entry begins:
I am currently reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and absolutely loving it. It's the story of a journalist who gets mysteriously chosen by a legendary movie star to write her biography. I am obsessed with classic Hollywood stars, so this book was pretty much made for me. When I first heard about the novel (through a comment on my Instagram, proof that social media can encourage reading), I rushed out to buy it. In the beginning of the book, I was caught in a game of wondering which mythic star most inspired the fictional Evelyn Hugo. She has a lot of Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth in her, and pieces of Lauren Bacall and Natalie Wood, among others. But about a hundred pages in...[read on]
About The Authentics, from the publisher:
The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.

Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.

With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally off limits, Daria doesn’t have time for this identity crisis. As everything in her life is spinning out of control—can she figure out how to stay true to herself?
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