Read: Kirkus’ Starred Review of THE AUTHENTICS

Kirkus gave Abdi's YA debut novel THE AUTHENTICS a starred review. Read it here, or below: Fifteen-year-old Daria is determined to fight against her mother’s party-planning for the extravagant Sweet 16 she doesn’t want, but the battle she is not prepared for comes when she discovers family secrets that turn her world upside down. Daria is proud of her Iranian culture but wants no part of the posh Beverly Hills Persian community. She finds solace with the Authentics, her small, diverse group of friends who have proven to her that they are real, and she nurses resentment toward the Nose Jobs, a group of pretentious Persian princesses led by her former best friend, Heidi. When Daria begins researching her family history for a school project, she makes some unexpected discoveries that challenge her senses of herself and her family. She loses trust in her parents and turns to her friends, but

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Read: Publisher’s Weekly Reviews THE AUTHENTICS

Publisher's Weekly has written a positive review of Abdi's YA debut THE AUTHENTICS. Read the complete review here, and below: What begins as an English class assignment transforms into a messy but fulfilling journey of self-discovery for a Beverly Hills teen in this first YA title from screenwriter and novelist Nazemian (The Walk-in Closet). The project is simple: the students must present the stories of how they got to where they are today, but 15-year-old Daria Esfandyar gets startling results from a genealogy test she takes with her friends, learning that she is half Mexican and not fully Iranian as she thought. Struggling with her sense of self after determining that she was adopted, Daria buries the hurt and betrayal she feels toward her parents and sets out to fin d her biological mother. She finds the woman’s stepson first and romantic sparks fly. Nazemian raises thought-provoking questions about what “authenticity”

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Read: Abdi Nazemian Scripts Fresh Take On Menendez Brothers

Awards Daily interviewed Abdi about Menendez: Blood Brothers. Click here for the full interview. An excerpt:

This is the first time you’ve tackled crime, what made you want to explore this genre?
I was in high school when the Menendez trials happened, and we were all really fascinated by it. So much so that I remember having a party when Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills aired. Everyone came in tennis clothes. That was a long time ago. Now, as a writer, I think what true crime gives us is a lens through which we can to look at social issues. When I got the chance to write this movie, what I was so taken by is how much of the story I missed back then because it was so easy to get lost in the narrative of spoiled rich kids who murdered their parents. Looking at it now as an adult and through

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Read: The WOW Report’s Menendez: Blood Brothers Megapost

The WOW Report has a comprehensive rundown of all the press coverage for MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS, written by Abdi. Click here for the rundown, which includes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, reviews, and clips of Courtney Love talking about the film on Good Morning America and Late Night with Seth Meyers.  

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Read: Lifetime casts its Menendez Brothers

On February 9, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced the cast for Lifetime's Menendez Brothers movie, written by Abdi. Read the complete piece here. An excerpt: The infamous Menendez family tree is now fully cast. Lifetime's original movie about the Menendez brothers has cast Nico Tortorella as Lyle Menendez and Myko Olivier as younger brother Erik Menendez, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The family patriarch, Jose Menendez, will be played by American Crime's Benito Martinez. The trio join Courtney Love, who will play the mother, Kitty Menendez. The untitled project, based on the true story of the 1989 murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez at the hands of their sons, Lyle and Erik, was written by Abdi Nazemian (The Quiet) and will be directed by reality TV producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Ru Paul's Drag Race). Charles Pugliese (Cairo Time) also is attached as an executive producer.

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Read: The Hollywood Reporter Announces new Menendez Project

On January 31, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Lifetime greenlit a new movie about the Menendez Brothers, written by Abdi. Read the full article here. An excerpt: Lifetime is looking to another famous murder case for its next TV movie. The female-skewing cable network has tapped singer-actress Courtney Love to star in a telepic about the infamous Menendez family, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Written by Abdi Nazemian (The Quiet) and directed by reality TV producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (RuPaul's Drag Race), the untitled project is based on a true story and explores the lives and motivations behind the murders of entertainment exec Jose Menendez and his wife, Kitty, by their sons, Lyle and Erik, in 1989. Love (The People vs. Larry Flynt) will star as Kitty Menendez. Lifetime says the movie's focus will reveal the "extreme abuse the brothers endured at their father's hands, while their mother looked the other

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News: The Walk-In Closet wins Lambda Literary Award

Walk In Closet PostThe 27th Lambda Literary Awards were presented in New York on June 1, 2015, celebrating the best gay, lesbian and transgender books of the year. A parade of actors, celebrities and activists presented the awards, which were hosted by comedian Kate Clinton. Liz Smith presented John Waters with Lambda's Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature. Gloria Steinem presented Rita Mae Brown with the Pioneer Award. Abdi Nazemian's The Walk-In Closet won the award for "Best Debut" novel. For The Los Angeles Times coverage of the awards, click here. For Out Magazine's coverage of the awards, click here. For The Guardian's coverage of the awards, click here.

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