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Porochista Khakpour is the author of the acclaimed 2007 novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove) and the forthcoming The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury). A 2012 NEA fellow, her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper's, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, and many other publications around the world. Born in Iran and raised in Los Angeles, she currently resides in New York City where she teaches at Columbia and Fordham Universities.