Dec. 16, 2012
-- Palm Desert, CA Month December 17, 2012—Experience culture shock and humor through the eyes of one woman who lived there. The early days of the Iranian Revolution come to life in Dodie Cross’ funny and sometimes disturbing new memoir “A Broad Abroad in Iran: An Expat’s Misadventures in the Land of Male Dominance” (ISBN 9780985040901, Crossroads Publishing, 2012).
In 1977, Dodie Cross and her family relocated to Iran for work, where Cross found herself in a strange world caught between the Old Testament and the Space Age. Culture shock quickly set in as she tried to acclimate herself to soaring temperature changes, as well as living in a land where women were second-class citizens. Cross finds herself pinched on the bum at the bazaar, chased down a river on a raft by angry country dwellers, and having her breast grabbed by a motorcycle passenger.
Even more disturbing was the political unrest sweeping through Iran. Within a year of Cross’ arrival, thousands of fist-waving radicals were gathering in the streets to scream for the Shah’s removal and death to Americans. As martial law is enforced in the small town of Esfahan, Cross has to make some difficult decisions.
Fans of the recent movie “Argo” who want to learn more about Iran and its revolution will feel like they receive a personal tour in the pages of “A Broad Abroad in Iran.” Readers are already raving, and Reader Views states that Cross and her book are “effortlessly funny....I marveled at her downright infectious enthusiasm and wonder....and I also felt her terror when things became really scary and the ‘Death to Amrikins’ signs took the country over....This was armchair travel at its best.”
About the Author
Dodie Cross is a freelance writer and author of the memoir “A Broad Abroad in Thailand: An Expat’s Misadventures in the Land of Smiles,” which won First Place in the National Indy Excellence Book Awards, and Silver in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year awards. She has received numerous awards for her writing and poetry, among them the prestigious Southern California Writer’s Conference First Place Award for “Best Nonfiction,”
as well as First Place in its inaugural Poetry Award. Besides working as a columnist and reporter, Cross has published essays in “Monterey Bay Parents Magazine,” “The University of Texas Literary Magazine,” “RiverSedge,”
and several expat e-zines. Today, she lives in Palm Desert, California.
“A Broad Abroad in Iran: An Expat’s Misadventures in the Land of Male Dominance” (ISBN 9780985040901, Crossroads Publishing, 2012) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.abroad-abroad.com. Publicity contact: www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.