A poetic, open-hearted debut about an Iranian American boy searching for his place in the world—“teeming with desire and light, and quietly devastating” (Justin Torres, author of We the Animals)
“Call me K, because unlike Baba and Maman I was born right here and like my brothers I want to be known as a boy from L.A., since that’s the truth.”
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley with his two brothers, all K wants is to be “a boy from L.A.,” all American. But K—the youngest, named after a Persian king—knows there’s something different about himself. Like the way he feels about his closest friend, Johnny, a longing that he can’t share with anyone.
At home, K must navigate another confusing identity: that of the dutiful son of Iranian immigrants struggling to make a life for themselves in the United States. He tries to make his mother proud, live up to her ideal of a son. On Friday nights, K attends prayers at the local mosque with Baba, whose violent affections distort K’s understanding of what it means to be a man and how to love.
When Baba takes the three brothers from their mother back to Iran, K finds himself in an ancestral home he barely knows. Returning to the Valley months later, K must piece together who he is, in a world that now feels as foreign to him as the one he left behind.
A stunning, tender novel of identity and belonging, I Will Greet the Sun Again tells the story of a young man lost in his own family, his own country, and his own skin. Staring down the brutality of being a queer kid and a Muslim in America, Khashayar J. Khabushani transforms personal and national pain into an unforgettable and beautifully rendered exploration of youth, love, family—and the stories that make us who we are.
Khashayar J. Khabushani was born in Van Nuys, California, in 1992. During his childhood he spent time in Iran before returning to Los Angeles. He studied philosophy at California State University, Northridge, and prior to completing his MFA at Columbia University he worked as a middle school teacher. This is his first novel.
Dave Trejo has been in the education field since 2003. He started as a substitute teacher and is entering his 10th year as a school principal. Dave has helped open 3 schools and leads unapologetically with transparency and love. He is a certified restorative practices trainer and an accomplished public speaker. Dave met a young and exuberant Khashayar when he was fresh out of undergrad and naive enough to take a teaching position for one year at a small charter school next to the Pacoima Projects. Dave is the youngest of 5 to a single immigrant mother who's living room wall bears the degrees of her children from USC, UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, Columbia and Princeton. He is also a husband and a proud father of two. If you speak with him for longer than 5 minutes you will likely hear some cringey dad jokes and definitely see pics of his kids.