Library Journal, May 1 2014

“‘ Exactly once upon a time in a small village in northern Iran, a child of the wrong color was born.’ So begins this latest novel from Khakpour (Sons and Other Flammable Objects), which centers on Zal, whose mother cages him with her menagerie of birds until he is ten years old. Years after being rescued, Zal lives with his adopted father in New York City and tries to shape something of a normal life. But Zal is still obsessed with one thing—flight. He becomes fixated on illusionist Bran Silber, who claims he will fly at his forthcoming show. Enter Asiya McDonald, an artist from a grotesque Upper East Side family with her own tragic secrets and ominous premonitions, whom Zal comes to love in his own way, “normal” or not. Just as life is becoming clear to Zal, his world is threatened, and the city is blindsided by 9/11. VERDICT: Khakpour’s prose is fluid and visceral, while the narrative plays smoke and mirrors with reality and perspective. If some bloviating on unimportant details is overlooked, this novel is a literary gem full of sadness, guts, and wonder. For any adult who enjoys good fiction.”

Bustle, May 2014

May 2014’s Best Books:Seven Must-Reads You’ll Want to Get Your Hands On:

“With the power of dark humor and fairytale whimsy, Porochista Khakpour propels us through the mystical depths of rural Iran to the urban epicenter of New York City in her latest novel The Last Illusion. Khakpour combines the beauty of ancient Iranian myth with the tragedy of contemporary American life to create an inventive world where an arrogant illusionist running out of tricks and a young girl in search of religion meet a feral boy, formerly raised as a bird, who wants nothing more than to fly. It’s a darkly glittering story that draws you in from its very first pages and mesmerizes you until the last.”

Flavorwire, May 2014

“May 2014 Must-Read Books”

One of the books Flavorwire has been looking forward to all year,  Khakpour’s latest is a stunning, darkly humorous, and at more than a few points totally heartbreaking novel abut an Iranian boy who thinks he’s a bird after years of torture. We invite you to read it — and help us figure out how one writer can take such a subject and spin it into something you just want to wrap yourself in. An absolute stunner. “



SCENE Magazine, May 2014


Marie Claire, May 2014

The Last Illusion appears in Marie Claire’s May 2014 issue


Details, May 2014

The Last Illusion appears in the DETAILS “summer reading” feature, May 2014

Elle, May 2014


Long feature in Elle’s May 2014 issue on The Blonde & the how’s and why’s of my recent blonde hair experiment. Meditations on iconic blondes, the women in my family, and even TLI’s white-haired protagonist Zal Hendricks.


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Vogue, April 2014

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TLI is featured in the April 2014 Vogue’s People Are Talking About books section  [“Once Upon a Time: This Spring, Novelists Reinvent the Fairy Tale”]

Foreign Sales News

BLOOMSBURY UK has bought THE LAST ILLUSION to publish in their English speaking territories all over the world. It will be out in hardcover in the UK & British Commonwealth next December (the e-book will be out this May with US launch).



Romania’s POLIROM has also purchased THE LAST ILLUSION, date TBA.

Most Anticipated of 2014

The Last Illusion makes it to Flavorwire’s 15 “Most Anticipated Books of 2014”,  The Millions “Most Anticipated” in their “The Great 2014 Book Preview“, and the Huffington Post’s “30 Books You NEED to Read in 2014.”