Transnational Series Presents: Fowzia Karimi with Micheline Marcom

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Fowzia Karimi discusses her memoir 'Above Us the Milky Way' with writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom.

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Join the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith for a conversation with Fowzia Karimi and Micheline Aharonian Marcom. They'll be discussing Fowzia Karimi's Above Us The Milky Way.

Above Us the Milky Way is a story about war, immigration, and the remarkable human capacity to create beauty out of horror. As a young family attempts to reconstruct their lives in a new and peaceful country, they are daily drawn back to the first land through remembrance and longing, by news of the continued suffering and loss of loved ones, and by the war dead, who have immigrated and reside with them, haunting their days and illuminating the small joys and wonders offered them by the new land.

The novel's structure is built around the alphabet, twenty-six pieces written in the first person that sketch a through-line of memory for the lives of the five daughters, mother, and father. Ghost stories and fairytales are woven with old family photographs and medieval-style watercolor illuminations to create an origin story of loss and remembrance.

Fowzia Karimi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and immigrated with her family to Southern California after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California, and has illustrated The Brick House by Micheline Aharonian Marcom (Awst Press) and Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene (Anomalous Press). She is a recipient of The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She lives in Texas.

Moderator Micheline Aharonian Marcom has published seven novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. Her latest book, The New American, was published by Simon & Schuster in August. She is the founder and Creative Director of The New American Story Project [NASP], a living archive of voices exploring the forces of migration and the lives of new Americans She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

About the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith

The Transnational Series focuses on stories of migration, the intersection of politics & literature, and works in translation and is supported by the independent bookstore Brookline Booksmith. Subscribe to the Transnational Series newsletter for information on upcoming events, book recommendations, and more.


This virtual event is free to attend. To support the independent bookstore and independent publisher who organized this event, please consider purchasing Above Us the Milky Way from Brookline Booksmith.

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