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Tehrangeles

A Novel

Iranian-American multimillionaires Ali and Homa Milani have it all—a McMansion in the hills of Los Angeles, a microwaveable snack empire, and four spirited daughters. There’s Violet, the big-hearted aspiring model; Roxanna, the chaotic influencer; Mina, the chronically-online overachiever; and the impressionable health fanatic Haylee. On the verge of landing their own reality TV show, the Milanis realize their deepest secrets are about to be dragged out into the open before the cameras even roll.

Each of the Milanis—even their aloof Persian cat Pari—has something to hide, but the looming scrutiny of fame also threatens to bring the family closer than ever. Dramatic, biting yet full of heart, Tehrangeles is a tragicomic saga about high-functioning family dysfunction and the ever-present struggle to accept one’s true self.

Praise for Tehrangeles

“Like Little Women on an ayahuasca trip, Tehrangeles is delightfully twisted and heartfelt. If you set a TikTok mukbang at a Crazy Rich Persian wedding, you’d still have a long way to go to capture the extravagant eccentricities of the Milani sisters.  Porochista Khakpour is a satirist extraordinaire who astutely captures the zeitgeist of a culture and a place where “reality” is just something you livestream and truth is a billion times stranger than fiction.  The antics and agonies of the Milani family had me googling pet psychics and turning the pages gleefully—at turns surprised and horrified, but always charmed and laughing so hard.”
—Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

“Fun and compulsive but with her signature dayglo insight on every page, Porochista Khakpour has recast the beach read in her own image.”
—Emma Forrest, author of Your Voice in My Head

“Funny, devastating, and filled with dazzlingly accurate observations about the absurdities of our age, this is a story and family that will stay with you long after you finish. It’s a giddy and gaudy life that the Milanis lead but underneath the bravado lies a tenderness that Khakpour reveals with playfulness and marvelous narrative style.”
—Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop

“Like all great satires, Tehrangeles is both hilarious and heartfelt. With razor-sharp writing, Khakpour brings to life a family, a place, and a series of modern dilemmas that will leave you laughing, thinking, and wanting more.”
—Abdi Nazemian, author of Only This Beautiful Moment

“Fun, frothy, smart, biting, and hilarious—an utterly unique kind of pandemic story. Full of surprising twists, this tale of family dysfunction, sisterly angst, and self-discovery made me laugh, think, cringe, and laugh some more. Like the most skilled of reality stars, the Milanis grabbed my attention and I couldn’t tear myself away!”
—Deepa Varadarajan, author of Late Bloomers

“Khakpour has lowkey written a hilarious book about a truly terrible time. Tehrangeles takes us inside the surreal world of the wealthy and beautiful Milani sisters, coming of age in an extraordinary time and posting it all—the good, the bad, the ridiculous—on social media.”
—Marcy Dermansky, author of Hurricane Girl

“With a sharp eye for the chaos and complexities of family life and a breezy, Babitzian wit, Tehrangeles brings us the unforgettable story of the Milani sisters. At once moving family drama, sparkling intergenerational comedy, and perfectly-tuned portrait of our modern, social-media-obsessed condition, Tehrangeles is an endless delight.”
—Matthew Specktor, author of Always Crashing in the Same Car