The Brown Album’ illustrates the author’s range on islamophobia, racism, and a rising Trump presidency

A portrait image of Porochista Khakpour sitting on a couch with her hand on a cane.

Porochista Khakpour’s Brown Album, a collection of essays she wrote throughout her twenties and into her forties, takes a scythe through all the different parts of her identity: Refugee. Immigrant. Iranian. American. Californian. New Yorker. Writer. Chronically ill. The novelist came out with her first memoir, Sick, in 2018, detailing…

Anna Lucente Sterling

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