Join local author Melineh Petrosian Patatanian at Serene Beans as she signs her memoir, Cry for Rain, a harrowing, poignant memoir of the author's childhood and coming of age as a Christian in Tehran, set against the backdrop of revolution and the rise of Khomeini.
About the author: Melineh Petrosian was born in 1963 to an Armenian family in Tehran, Iran. Despite being suppressed regularly for her talents, Petrosian's love for poetry and narrative writing has been a constant through the years. Finding published status in several Farsi magazines, she finally penned her first book, the bitter yet poignant tale of growing up in a war-torn country and home, from which she finally escaped. Petrosian legally immigrated to the United States in 1987 after living in Greece for almost two years. Today, she is actively involved in both the Houston Writers Guild and a writers' critique group, and is a staunch advocate for children of abuse. She continues to broaden her education by participating in various writing classes.
Ariana's bitter childhood battles with the outside world and her narcissistic mother threaten to consume her soul.
As a Christian minority growing up in Tehran, Iran, Ariana faces harsh physical and emotional abuse from her mother and witnesses the same pain inflicted on her siblings. Her daily awakenings leave her unguarded against her mother's wrath. Despite this, Ariana's only true safe haven comes fleetingly in the presence of her loving papa, Jacob. However, he is often away for weeks on end as a truck driver, leaving her constantly yearning for his return.
"You know your mother loves you very much. If she punishes you, it's not because she's mean. It's not her fault. She is a nervous woman who cannot control her anger."
As she grows up, her search for hope is what she holds onto as she struggles to not only survive her mother's tirades but the loss of friends and family in terror attacks and political involvement during the revolution, the drastic regime change to an Islamic government, and a city embattled with Iraq.