Iranians writing latest immigrant tales
By Swati Pandey
Los Angeles TimesGLENN KOENIG/Los Angeles Times
“Iranian memoirs set the rules for Iranian fiction a little bit — for what types of things do well and what gets published,” says first-time novelist Porochista Khakpour.
The hit 1995 teen movie “Clueless” might be known best for introducing Americans to Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, but first-time novelist Porochista Khakpour remembers it for another reason: It injected Iranian Americans into the U.S. pop-cultural consciousness.
“There’s that scene when (Silverstone’s character) Cher says, ‘And that’s the Persian Mafia. You can’t hang with them unless you own a BMW.’ “