After graduation, after a divorce, after an election
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Parnaz Foroutan is the author of the novel The Girl from the Garden and a memoir, Home Is a Stranger, forthcoming from Amberjack Publishing in winter 2020. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
We left before they told us to evacuate. I saw the smoke over the hills, knew the ferocity of the Santa Ana winds, and figured it wouldn’t be long before the fire would reach us. I packed a small suitcase.