Jasmin Darznik

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Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran. Her first book, The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life (Grand Central, 2011), was a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into eight languages, and published in 13 countries. The memoir was a finalist for the 2011 Readers' Choice Award from the Library of Virginia and shortlisted for the 2012 Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Darznik's writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. An excerpt from her book-in-progress, a historical novel set in 1950s-60s Tehran, was recently anthologized in Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers, a volume edited by Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim.

Darznik has received honors and distinctions from the San Francisco Foundation, Steinbeck Fellows Program, Iowa Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Corporation of Yaddo.

She has taught at Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee University.

In 2013 she was awarded a Rising Star Outstanding Faculty Award, which is given to the top university faculty in the state of Virginia. She also leads occasional creative writing workshops at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California.

Adjunct Professor, Writing and Literature


BA, University of California, Los Angeles; JD, University of California, Hastings; MFA, Bennington College; PhD, Princeton University

Website: www.jasmindarznik.com