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38-yr-old Woman Author Found Dead, “nothing suspicious”

by Annalisa Quinn

Ireland, May 05, 2014 7:28 AM ET


Marsha Mehran

In Pomegranate Soup and its sequel, Rosewater and Soda Bread, Marjan Aminpour and her sisters flee Iran and settle in Ireland, the “land of crazed sheep and dizzying roads,” opening a cafĂ© serving Persian food. Recipes are scattered throughout.

A third book in the series, Pistachio Rain, as well as a free-standing novel called The Margaret Thatcher School Of Beauty, are due out this year. After her family fled Iran in 1979, Mehran moved to Argentina, the U.S., Australia and Ireland.

In a “Lives Column” for The New York Times, she wrote: “When people ask me where I am from, I say I am Persian, born in Iran. I write and dream in English, I curse in Spanish and, after a few pints of Guinness, I dance a mighty Irish jig.” The Irish Times, citing police, reports that there was “nothing suspicious” about Mehran’s death, and that “toxciology tests are to be carried out as a follow-up to a postmortem to determine the cause of the sudden death.”

(via NPR)


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