Reorient Media (forthcoming)
Cover illustration by Louise Rosenkrands
When his English teacher, Miss Holland, lures him home one day in spring, Sepehr Ranjbaran’s otherwise ordinary life goes awry. Tormented by his unrequited love for Nazy, an older girl who dances at his parents’ restaurant, he turns to the newfound world of lust and wild abandon introduced to him by his teacher for solace and escape, only to find himself spiritually unfulfilled, debauched beyond hope, and racked with guilt.
Set in the northern suburbs of Toronto, the city Sepehr loves to hate, Guguli is a coming-of-age tale of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, as well as a window to the heart of the city’s Iranian community. Peopled with sleazy philanderers, surgically enhanced housewives, and delusional politicians (amongst other colourful characters), it is at once a bittersweet love story, scathing social critique, and candid commentary on growing up in the Iranian diaspora.