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First Book will be "Martyr!" by Kaveh Akbar

A newly sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants, guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings, embarks on a remarkable search for a family secret that leads him to a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum. Electrifying, funny, and wholly original, Martyr! heralds the arrival of an essential new voice in contemporary fiction. "Kaveh Akbar is one of my favorite writers. Ever." --Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of There There "The best novel you'll ever read about the joy of language, addiction, displacement, martyrdom, belonging, homesickness." --Lauren Groff, best-selling author of Matrix and Fates and Furies Cyrus Shams is a young man grappling with an inheritance of violence and loss: his mother's plane was shot down over the skies of the Persian Gulf in a senseless accident; and his father's life in America was circumscribed by his work killing chickens at a factory farm in the Midwest. Cyrus is a drunk, an addict, and a poet, whose obsession with martyrs leads him to examine the mysteries of his past--toward an uncle who rode through Iranian battlefields dressed as the angel of death to inspire and comfort the dying, and toward his mother, through a painting discovered in a Brooklyn art gallery that suggests she may not have been who or what she seemed. Kaveh Akbar's Martyr! is a paean to how we spend our lives seeking meaning--in faith, art, ourselves, others.

Publisher Knopf Publishing Group :    January 23, 2024

Hosted by: Aimee Gwynne Franklyn

Aimee Gwynne Franklyn is an independent curator, art consultant and producer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Franklyn is the founding director of Doubleplate Arts (DPA), a private consultancy focusing on mid 20th century and contemporary art, and Doubleplate Productions, an offshoot of DPA, which highlights the work of socially and politically engaged writers, artists and performers who utilize their voices to affect change. She is currently developing a project examining the parallels between book banning in Nazi Germany and the recent proliferation of bans in the United States. Her ongoing research focuses on the community benefits of public art, interdisciplinary collaboration, art-making as a transformative tool for healing PTSD, and the critical role arts education plays in reducing recidivism in the carceral system.

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