Browse Meet the Writers
 
Writers A-Z

Writers by Genre
  Featured Writers  
 
Children's Writers & Illustrators

Classic Writers

Mystery & Thriller Writers

Romance Writers
 
  Special Features  
 
Author Recommendations

Audio Interviews

Video Interviews

The Writers of 2006
 
Award Winners
 
Discover Great New Writers

National Book Award Fiction Writers

National Book Award Nonfiction Writers
 
Find a Store
 
Enter ZIP Code
Easy Returns
to any Barnes &
Noble store.
About the Writer
* Interview
* Good to Know
*Chronology
If You Like Roya Hakakian
You'll Like...
*Monica Ali
*Jhumpa Lahiri
*Chang-rae Lee
*Azar Nafisi
Meet the Writers

Image of 
									Roya HakakianRoya Hakakian
With her memoir Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran Roya Hakakian paints a portrait of Iran never before experienced by readers.

* Read the interview




Fact File

Name:
Roya Hakakian
Current Home:
Woodbridge, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
October 19, 1966
Place of Birth:
Tehran, Iran
Education:
B.A., 1990; M.A., 1992
Awards:
Recipient of the Poetry Book of the Year award by Iran News, 1996

*  Roya Hakakian's official web site




Hakakian's Breakout Book

Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, Author: 
								Roya Hakakian.

Our Price: $ 20.88
You Save:  9%


Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
by Roya Hakakian
In Journey from the Land of No, Hakakian recalls her childhood and teenage years in prerevolutionary Iran. The result is a stirring coming-of-age story about one girl’s attempt to discover her identity amidst cultural chaos. A perceptive and poignant story, Hakakian's account reveals an Iran most readers have not yet encountered.

*  Read an excerpt



An Author's Advice

In our interview, we asked Hakakian how she deals with writer's block. "Whenever I hit a dead-end, I give in to my worst fear by 'dislocating' myself," she reveals. "Traveling to unknown places has always enabled me to break through a writing block, as well as a living block. I don’t drink, or smoke, not even casually. A clear mind is a writer’s greatest gift."



Hakakian's Reading Recommendations



Book Cover Image. Title: 
								American Pastoral, Author: 
								Philip Roth.

Our Price:  $ 10.35
You Save:  35%


American Pastoral
by Philip Roth
Hakakian talked with us about some of her favorite books, including American Pastoral by Philip Roth. "Besides masterful storytelling, the book paints a Vietnam-war period very much like the one we live in today, and shows its impact on both the country and a family," she explains.

*Read an excerpt
Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Things Fall Apart, Author: 
								Chinua Achebe.

Our Price:  $ 10.62
You Save:  11%


Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
Hakakian also named Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart as a favorite, calling it "The best handbook for any writer who wants to speak of one race to another, without lessening the quality of his prose to compensate for the reader’s lack of familiarity." Read our interview to learn more about Hakakian's best-loved books, including:

*Slouching Towards Bethlehem  by Joan Didion
*The Portable Hannah Arendt  by Hannah Arendt
*The Grapes of Wrath  by John Steinbeck
*Lolita  by Vladimir Nabokov
*Read the interview