Brown Album

Essays on Exile and Identity


Brown Album is a stirring collection of essays, at times humorous and at times profound, drawn from more than a decade of Porochista’s work and with new material included. Altogether, it reveals the tolls that immigrant life in this country can take on a person and the joys that life can give.

PRAISE FOR Brown Album

“Porochista Khakpour’s prose in Brown Album is as splendidly elegant as in her brilliant novels. A fluid collection of essays that reads like a memoir, it targets—with devastating precision—the internal conflicts, turmoil and sometime agony of being the ‘other’ in an America that has always been, and is perhaps more so today, at once welcoming and shunning of immigrants and refugees.”
—Hooman Majd, author of The New York Times bestseller The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, and other books on Iran