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Tehrangeles

Porochista Khakpour

Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by TIME, The National, Nylon, Electric Literature, and Library Journal

MEET THE MILANIS. FAST-FOOD HEIRESSES, LA ROYALTY, AND YOUR NEWEST REALITY TV OBSESSION

Iranian-American multimillionaires Ali and Homa Milani have it all—a McMansion in the hills of Los Angeles, a microwaveable snack empire, and four spirited daughters. There’s Violet, the big-hearted aspiring model; Roxanna, the chaotic influencer; Mina, the chronically-online overachiever; and the impressionable health fanatic Haylee. On the verge of landing their own reality TV show, the Milanis realize their deepest secrets are about to be dragged out into the open before the cameras even roll.

Each of the Milanis—even their aloof Persian cat Pari—has something to hide, but the looming scrutiny of fame also threatens to bring the family closer than ever. Dramatic, biting yet full of heart, Tehrangeles is a tragicomic saga about high-functioning family dysfunction and the ever-present struggle to accept one’s true self.

About the Author

Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area. She is the critically acclaimed author of two novels, a memoir, and a collection of essays. She lives in Queens, NY with her beloved partner and her elderly blue poodle Cosmo.

Praise

‘Like Little Women on an ayahuasca trip, Tehrangeles is delightfully twisted and heartfelt … The antics and agonies of the Milani family had me googling pet psychics and turning the pages gleefully – at turns surprised and horrified, but always charmed and laughing so hard.’ – Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

‘[A] biting, clever tragicomic…Think: Reality TV, Los Angeles McMansions, and a fast food empire.’ – Nylon

‘At once moving family drama, sparkling intergenerational comedy, and perfectly-tuned portrait of our modern, social-media-obsessed condition, Tehrangeles is an endless delight.’ – Matthew Specktor

 

‘Think the Kardashians meet Little Women and Crazy Rich Asians.’ Vogue

 

‘Funny, devastating, and filled with dazzlingly accurate observations about the absurdities of our age, this is a story and family that will stay with you long after you finish. It’s a giddy and gaudy life that the Milanis lead, but underneath the bravado lies a tenderness that Khakpour reveals with playfulness and marvelous narrative style.’ Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop

 

‘Like all great satires, Tehrangeles is both hilarious and heartfelt. With razor-sharp writing, Khakpour brings to life a family, a place, and a series of modern dilemmas that will leave you laughing, thinking, and wanting more.’ – Abdi Nazemian, author of Only This Beautiful Moment
‘One of our best new satirists, partly because she is never as moving as when she is entirely sincere’ – Alexander Chee

ISBN
9781761153914

Format
Paperback

Cost
$34.99

Pub Date
July 2024

Extent
352pp

Rights
ANZ

Category
Fiction

Themes
Family. Finding your way. Reality TV.