The debut novel from author Elizabeth Eslami, Bone Worship, explores the perilous intersection of familial and cultural mysteries, balancing the pull of tradition, the promise of the future, and all the possibilities in between.
Eslami tackles what it means to be a mixed race woman bearing the weight of romantic and familial expectations, from the rural American South to metropolitan Iran. American born Jasmine Fahroodhi struggles to connect with her Iranian father while also trying to find herself, all with the possibility of an arranged marriage looming in the background. Bone Worship is a bracing take on a cultural coming-of-age story, and Eslami’s voice, at once witty and poignant, is unforgettable.
Born in South Carolina in 1978, Elizabeth Eslami holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She has published short fiction and non-fiction in over a dozen magazines, including G.W. Review, Minnesota Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Matador, among others. Her debut novel, Bone Worship, received rave reviews in Library Journal and Booklist, and Eslami has been called “one of the freshest new voices in literature.” She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Elizabeth Eslami: Bone Worship
368 pages, paperback, $15.95