The First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, will present an evening with Ali Hosseini, an Iranian-American whose short fiction has appeared in literary magazines including Story Quarterly, Epoch and Coffin Factory. His latest novel is 2012’s “The Lemon Grove.” The public is warmly invited to this free lecture.

Hosseini will talk about his immigrant experience plus writing, and reading from, “The Lemon Grove” Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture after question and answer period. It is suggested attendees read the book in advance of the lecture.

Set in the United States and Iran during the 1980s, “The Lemon Grove” tells the story of twin brothers Behruz and Ruzbeh and their love for their childhood friend Shireen. Behruz goes to America to escape the pain of competing for Shireen's affections, while Ruzbeh fights in the Iran/Iraq war and ends up alone and wandering the streets. When he returns to Iran, Behruz finds the country devastated by revolution and war. As he tries to help his family members reconcile themselves with the realities of life during difficult times, heartbreaking problems follow … and love, in surprising ways, offers a way forward.

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