New Novel Reveals Rare Glimpse into the Lives of Iranian Women

Author Shermin Kruse’s Debut Novel Is a Moving Chronicle of Post-Revolutionary Iran

CHICAGO--()--Iranian-born author Shermin Kruse has released her eagerly anticipated debut novel, “Butterfly Stitching”, an extraordinary portrait of life inside Iran in the years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Inspired by the author’s own childhood and by the accounts of real Iranian women, “Butterfly Stitching” offers an unforgettable story of love, passion, and motherly devotion set against a vividly drawn backdrop of violent social repression.

Kruse’s novel follows the struggles of Sahar, a nine-year-old girl growing up in the chaos and confusion of post-revolutionary Iran, and her mother, Samira. Beautiful and strong-willed, Samira must navigate the shoals of marriage and the allure of adulterous love in a dangerously volatile Iran. Through the eyes of Samira and her keenly observant daughter, a nuanced and engaging picture emerges—not just of these two exceptional young Iranians, but of the country itself, a land torn between modernity and ancient patriarchal traditions.

Few works of fiction or nonfiction have been able to delve so deeply, and with such insight, into the intimate lives of the people inside the cloistered, little-understood world of Iran. “Writing this book has been an extraordinarily intimate journey for me,” says Kruse, who now lives in Chicago, “one in which I not only found my own voice, but revealed an Iran known to very few.”

Kruse says that while “Butterfly Stitching” is set in a specific time and place, its themes of enduring love and redemption are universal. “The struggles and triumphs of these powerful yet flawed women will remain with me and, I hope, with readers an entire lifetime,” she says. Endowed with the depth of a literary memoir and the page-turning intensity of a thriller-romance, “Butterfly Stitching” is poised to join the canon of great contemporary women’s fiction.

To learn more about the novel or to schedule an interview with Shermin Kruse, please contact Michelle Mekky at 312-245-9805 or MichelleMekky@alpaytac.com. “Butterfly Stitching” is published by Waterbird Press (www.waterbirdpress.com) and will be available for purchase starting May 1st on Amazon or at www.butterflystitching.com.

About the Author

Shermin Kruse emigrated from Iran as a child and today makes her home in Chicago with her husband and three children. She graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and is currently a partner at Barack Ferrazzano—becoming the youngest minority woman to make partner at the highly regarded Chicago firm. Kruse regularly contributes scholarly articles and writes an advice column for Chicago Lawyer magazine and is co-founder of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Organization. Passionate about the visual and performing arts, Kruse devotes much of her spare time to modeling, dancing, painting, and photography. “Butterfly Stitching” is her first book.

Contacts

Press Contact for Butterfly Stitching:
Michelle Mekky, 312-245-9805
MichelleMekky@alpaytac.com

Release Summary

Iranian-born author Shermin Kruse has released her eagerly anticipated debut novel, “Butterfly Stitching”, an extraordinary portrait of life inside Iran in the years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Contacts

Press Contact for Butterfly Stitching:
Michelle Mekky, 312-245-9805
MichelleMekky@alpaytac.com