A Mirror Made of Rain – Naheed Phiroze Patel


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A Mirror Made of Rain is a devastating coming-of-age novel about the wounds of inherited trauma.

Noomi Wadia, a bright, quick-tempered young woman with a penchant for getting into trouble, struggles with the fraught relationship she has with her mother. She grows from a lonely, wild-hearted teenager to a troubled adult who finds love but not happiness. Soon, Noomi realizes that her worst fears have come to pass – she is trapped in the same cycle of self-destructiveness as her mother, and she must battle her impulses or risk losing everything.

Naheed Phiroze Patel’s astonishing debut brings alive a world and characters that are complex and breathtakingly real, and portrays with honesty and empathy the darkness that addiction and mental illness cast over a family.


About the Author

Naheed Phiroze Patel received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her writing has appeared in The GuardianHuffPostThe RumpusScroll.inNew England ReviewBOMB MagazineEuropeNow Journal, PEN America, and elsewhere. She lives in the greater New York City area and works as a freelance essayist, interviewer and critic.


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