Jewish Journal

Gina Nahai: What Remains

by Gina Nahai

July 5, 2011 | 6:37 pm

Gina Nahai is an author and a professor of creative writing at USC. Her latest novel is “Caspian Rain” (MacAdam Cage, 2007). Her column appears monthly in The Journal.

We were exchanging “memorable aunt” stories, and my friend, who’s a trial attorney, had a clear lead over all the rest of... read full article

  • Staying true to our own heritage

    by Gina Nahai

    June 1, 2011 | 10:22 am

    I once wrote a novel about an Iranian Jewish woman who grows wings and flies away from her husband’s home. She escapes because she’s in love with...

  • Purple Eyes

    by Gina Nahai

    March 30, 2011 | 11:01 am

    It’s four o’clock in the afternoon, and I’m walking down a busy sidewalk in an upscale neighborhood in Tehran. My mother and her friend have picked...

  • The solitude of the Arab soul

    by Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    “This,” I thought, “is what the surface of Mars must look like.”

    It was late February, and we were driving on a two-lane highway that spiraled...

  • Tehran to Cairo

    by Gina Nahai

    February 2, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    It all looks dauntingly familiar — the spectacle on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt. People in the streets, buildings on fire, a wavering...

  • Conspicuous consumption — What don’t we get?

    by Gina Nahai

    January 5, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    Not long ago, I happened to be standing next to a guy at the Apple store in Century City. I was waiting by the register to pay for a new charger for my...

  • Glitterati no match for ‘This Lovely Life’

    by Gina Nahai

    December 1, 2010 | 12:44 pm

    May I make a suggestion for a great Chanukah or Christmas gift? Or recommend a selection for your book club? Or offer a proposal for making time disappear...

  • Tales of Iranian nights, and days

    by Gina Nahai

    September 28, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    Friday night at dinner, we were talking about a guy, a Muslim friend of my grandfather’s, who had — very literally — come back from the dead. He had...

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