New novel “Forever, Now” by Haleh Shahrzad is released, a nuanced, multilayered exploration of marriage, family, cultural divides, and individual perseverance

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New novel “Forever, Now” by Haleh Shahrzad is released, a nuanced, multilayered exploration of marriage, family, cultural divides, and individual perseverance

May 22
20:08 2024
New novel "Forever, Now" by Haleh Shahrzad is released, a nuanced, multilayered exploration of marriage, family, cultural divides, and individual perseverance

“Forever, Now” by Haleh Shahrzad has been released worldwide. This 181-page novel tells the story of Darya, an Iranian-American woman contending with a tumultuous, dysfunctional marriage, cultural prejudice, and personal challenges that make her feel like life is spiraling out of control. Through these overwhelming difficulties, she learns to trust herself, embrace her identity, and develop the resilience necessary to find happiness.

Brilliantly balancing the personal, often internal world of fraught relationships with a larger context of social and cultural complexity, Shahrzad paints a vivid portrait of a woman caught in an unbearable situation. From her protagonist’s difficult place in life, the author examines the interplay between social norms and individual perspectives. 

For Darya, what begins as underlying tension in her mixed culture marriage to David unfolds into discovering lies and deceit, gaslighting, and a difficult split from her husband. As the novel progresses, she learns more painful truths and does her best to maintain composure in the face of David’s hot and cold behavior, his family’s cultural insensitivity, the responsibilities of motherhood, and worries about an unknown future.  

Darya’s journey toward hope and happiness is far from easy, but she is bolstered by small victories and an arduous process of self-discovery. As she begins to understand David’s true colors, she builds a newfound sense of bravery that allows her to act in her own best interest despite fear and uncertainty.

This family drama draws readers into detailed, all-too-familiar struggles of infidelity and dishonesty, as well as the convoluted feelings that accompany love and broken trust. The first-person narration adds insight into Darya’s complicated feelings, and her triumphs will inspire audiences to make empowering choices in their own lives.

This emotional, compelling story is a reminder that obstacles can be powerful teachers, that painful relationships can be escaped, and that heartache often serves as a path to a better life. 

Forever, Now (ISBN: 9781961532526) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The paperback retails for $19.99, and the ebook retails for $4.99. Review copies and interviews are available upon request.

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From the back cover:

“An emotionally charged novel that explores the isolation, helplessness, and desperation that can happen inside a marriage.”- Joelene Pynnonen, Independent Book Review

Marriage was supposed to be happily ever after, but it turned out to be anything but. Darya’s life takes an unexpected turn when she marries a man despite her intuition, believing in the promise of a happy and everlasting future. However, the façade of their seemingly-perfect life begins to crumble when her husband’s infidelity and lies come to light, leaving their home and hearts shattered.

As Darya grapples with the pain of a broken marriage and the responsibilities of motherhood, she embarks on a quest to find her own happiness and purpose. Navigating through a heart- wrenching journey of betrayal, loss, and rebuilding, Darya learns hard-fought lessons about the world and herself.

Forever, Now is a tale of resilience, self-discovery, and the enduring power of love and determination. It explores the depths of human emotions and the indomitable spirit of a woman who finds her way back to happiness despite life’s most painful setbacks.

About the author:

Haleh was born in Tehran, Iran. Her journey began with a challenging experience in her homeland when she faced obstacles to higher education due to improper hijab and her absence at Islamic Friday prayers, despite passing the entrance exam and gaining acceptance to Tehran University. Determined to pursue her dreams, she made the courageous and harrowing decision to leave Iran.

As an Iranian-American, Haleh offers a unique and powerful perspective in her storytelling. She adeptly integrates her rich cultural experiences into her narratives, creating compelling stories that resonate with readers. Currently residing in California, she shares her life with her husband and son.

Forever, Now is her first novel.

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