"The stories in Dare the Sea highlight the complexity of Iranian identity, with plots challenging myopic tropes about the Middle East and the American Dream. Deftly employing moments of unexpected humor and joy in dire situations, Hosseini's fiction never leans on convenient trauma or a singular narrative of Iran or Iranians. The depth and breadth of these stories is remarkable." —Aram Mrjoian, editor of We Are All Armenian: Voices from the Diaspora
“Each of Ali Hosseini’s remarkable stories creates a vivid world that is both familiar and eerily new. They dazzle with deep insights, the characters swept up in dramas that are both intensely personal and yet communal as well. I found myself laughing out loud at the abundant wit, but also caught up in the mystery and sadness that strike at the heart of the human. The stories in Dare the Sea sweep us up—they are a cause for joy and celebration.” —David H. Lynn, editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review
The stories in Dare the Sea explore Iran’s landscape, culture, and the undercurrent of change affecting its people—both in Iran and the United States. The stories in the 1st half (set in Iran ) discloses the obstacles rural Iranians live with on a daily basis and the exigencies of survival: petty theft, corruption, drug trafficking, religion, and love. Stories in the 2nd half (set in exile), where characters are seemingly dropped into American locales like the Midwest or Hawaii, taking in their situation with only the survival skills they’ve learned in their own land and enduring the hardships of being strangers in a new country.