FORWARD by Shabnam Piryaei

ISBN: 978-0-615-96654-0

Pages: 420

Published: April 15, 2014


After the revolution, thirteen-year-old Ylenia — haunted by the silence of her mother’s prolonged mourning and her own paralyzing inhibitions — immigrates to New York with her mother. As an adult, Ylenia must come to terms with her deep fear of loss and the significance of how we choose to live our lives.

Forward is a novel-in-stories, a fragmented and interconnected composite of glimpses and individuals — all of whom remind us of our shared vulnerability, strength, ennui, joy, fear and wilderness.



Shabnam Piryaei published her book, ode to fragile, with Plain View Press in 2010. She has been awarded the Poets & Writers Amy Award for Poetry and the Transport of the Aim Poetry Prize, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her writings have been performed at the MAD Theatre Festival in the U.K. She has written and directed three short films that have been screened in film festivals and art galleries in the U.S. and internationally.