“Nayeri’s prose can be rich and colorful, bolts of words prettily unfurling…Refuge also has the kind of immediacy commonly associated with memoir, which lends it heft, intimacy, atmosphere.
—New York Times
“[An] urgent, resonating contemporary story…Nayeri carefully illuminates the plight of the ever-searching, never-belonging global wanderer.
—Christian Science Monitor
“Refuge is a timely novel, about a theme that touches and moves so many, no matter where you are from…the book is full of color and flavor.
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Dina Nayeri’s prose has something all too rare in books these days: a wild, beating heart. Read this book to feel your own heart expand.
—Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life
“A poignant reflection on the plight of refugees.”
—Library Journal Starred Review
“Richly imagined and frequently moving in its descriptions of the neither-here-nor-there immigrant’s life… a vital, timely novel about what it means to seek refuge.”
“Nayeri’s prose sings while moving nimbly with equal parts seriousness and humor.”
“For anyone who has wondered about the distance between contemporary American and Iranian lives and thought, this book is essential reading”
—Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love
“Beautifully elegiac, Refuge brings into focus the entire experience of emigration”
—Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
A magical novel about a young Iranian woman lifted from grief by her powerful imagination and love of Western culture…read more
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.