Better Than War: Stories
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About the Author
SIAMAK VOSSOUGHI is an Iranian-American writer whose collection Better Than War came out in 2015. The collection was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He has received a fiction
fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He lives in San Francisco.
Siamak Vossoughi's quiet but powerful stories capture the intricacy and profundity of the Iranian American experience. His characters are people just like us struggling to make sense of an often confusing world. Their inherent decency, delicacy of feeling, and desire for understanding are what defines them and what makes this big-hearted collection so special. Better Than War marks the debut of a thoughtful and important new literary voice.--Anita Amirrezvani "author, The Blood of Flowers and Equal of the Sun "
Siamak Vossoughi's stories reveal an unjaded sense of wonder, which I have not witnessed in any writer since William Saroyan. The figures in these beautifully nuanced fictions seamlessly come together to touch the pressure points of our consciences. As such, the characters here act to better our ethical impulses and open our eyes to the possible goodnesses in the world. Vossoughi's compassionately realized appeal is to make vulnerable our communities--Iranian, American, and others: "all of whom deserve every moment of life before them, knowing somewhere that each of them is better than war, and not needing any vision of war to remind them."--Benjamin Hollander "author of In the House Un-American "