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The Odyssey Storytelling Podcast

Jul 17, 2020

Award-winning author Nooshie Motaref showed up to the May 2018 Fake show with an interesting interpretation of the theme: the idea of a "fake door." In explaning this idea, she told the story of her departure from her native Iran after the ascension of Ayatollah Khomeini, and the difficult journey that ultimately took her to the United States. From Nooshie's Odyssey bio:

Nooshie Motaref, author of award winning novel, Tapestries of the Heart, has gone through many challenging life experiences unlike many women from the Middle East. Her new book, Land of Roses and Nightingales: Seven Adventures of a Persian Girl, is due to come out in May. She left Iran to find freedom. Now in Oro Valley, she tells stories of strong women. She frequently gives speeches on several subjects related to her birthplace including its culture, traditions and religion. Her purpose is to familiarize Western audiences with Iranian life and ethnicity.

This story was performed and recorded in front of a live audience at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts in Tucson, AZ, on May 3rd, 2018, and was curated by Tracy Kurtzman. It was originally released on May 28th, 2018, as part of the episode May 2018: Fake. For more information about Odyssey Storytelling, please visit