Forugh Farrokhzad was a Persian poet who died at 32 after having authored four books of poetry and made a documentary film about how lepers are treated. Darznik imagines Farrokhzad's life, sticking to the outline of events like Farrokhzad's marriage, divorce, publications, hospitalization, and death, but creating a lot of the in-between.
I'm on the Zines as Creative Resistance panel at the CUNY Graduate Center. I have 3-5 minutes to introduce myself.
I read this book because a Barnard Women's & Gender Studies grad is the author's sister. And also, I read YA like a mofo. Breslaw's voice is witty and true, which I know because I work with college students and lurk in their Facebook groups.