â€śFilled with passion, curiosity, empathy, as well as mischiefâ€”definitely mischief.â€ťâ€”Azar NafisiRich in characters both whimsical and deeply poignant, humorous and real, the stories of Goli Taraghi have made her one of the worldâ€™s most beloved contemporary writers from Iran. A best-selling author in her native country and widely anthologized in the United States and around the world, Taraghi's work is now made fully accessible to an English-speaking audience in this standout and long-awaited volume of selected stories. Drawing on childhood experiences in Tehran during the reign of the Shah, her exile in Paris, and her subsequent visits to Tehran after the revolution, Taraghi develops characters and tales that linger in oneâ€™s mind. In the title story, a woman traveling from Tehran to Paris is obliged to help an old womanâ€”the Pomegranate Ladyâ€”find her way to her fugitive sons in Sweden. In "The Gentleman Thief," a new kind of polite, apologetic thief emerges from the wreckage of the revolution. In "Encounter," a woman's world is upended when her former maid becomes her jailer. And in "The Flowers of Shiraz," a group of teenagers finally manages to coax a shy schoolmate out of her shellâ€”only to once again encounter tragedy. Reminiscent of the work of Nadine Gordimer and Eudora Welty, Taraghi's stories capture universal experiences of love, loss, alienation, and belongingâ€”all with an irresistible sense of lifeâ€™s absurdities.