—New York Times Book Review
“Rich and colorful, bolts of words prettily unfurling”
—New York Times (editor’s choice)
“So much beauty and pain expressed in her prose… Stunning”
“Urgent, resonating contemporary story”
—Christian Science Monitor
“A writer to watch… she creates poetry”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Master of candid family drama”
“A timely and necessary work… written in lush and poetic prose… a vital read”
“A lush, brimming novel of exile”
—Minneapolis Star Tribute
“Novels don’t get more timely than this”
“Topical and urgent”
“Nuanced and remarkably textured”
“A searing and moving meditation on the migrant experience”
—M. Forbes, The National
“Captivating, multilayered exploration of lives caught between worlds”
“Nayeri’s prose sings”
“Poignant reflection on the plight of refugees”
—Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“Richly imagined…a vital, timely novel about what it means to seek refuge”
—NYT bestselling author, Matthew Thomas
—award-winning author, Charles Baxter
“A wild, beating heart”
—award-winning author, Boris Fishman
“I was completely taken up”
—award-winning author, Alice Dark
A magical novel about a young Iranian woman lifted from grief by her powerful imagination and love of Western culture…read more
The Ungrateful Refugee, a book of narrative nonfiction about the refugee experience in the West, has been acquired by Canongate Books.
Dina Nayeri was interviewed on CNN’s “Connect the World”.
Dina Nayeri was interviewed on NPR: ‘Refuge’ Captures Divide Between Father And Daughter Through Lens Of Immigration
Dina Nayeri’s article The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’ in The Guardian has exceeded 80k shares and will soon be anthologized in a book of refugee essays by Viet Nguyen.
Dina Nayeri was a finalist for the 2017 Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome!
Dina Nayeri has been awarded a “National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for 2016.
Dina’s short story “A Ride out of Phrao” chosen for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015.
The excerpt of A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea published in The Southern Review was chosen as a notable story for The Best American Short Stories 2013.
Dina Nayeri’s short story Arya published in Alaska Quarterly Review was chosen as a notable story for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013.
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea has been longlisted for the The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from The Center for Fiction!
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea has been chosen for the Barnes & Noble Spring 2013
Discover Great New Writers Program!
Dina Nayeri was published in Granta New Voices.