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Abdi Nazemian is the screenwriter of The Quiet, Celeste in the City, Beautiful Girl, and the short film Revolution, which he also directed. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He lives in Los Angeles with his two children, and his dog Hedy Lamarr. The Walk-In Closet is his first novel.

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Curtis Brown Digital (May 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615988687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615988689
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abdi spent his childhood in a series of glamorous locations (Tehran, Paris, Toronto, New York) but could usually be found in his bedroom watching old movies and reading comic books. He moved to Hollywood the day after graduating from Columbia University, and never looked back. He has written four produced films, and is proud to say his words have been brought to life by the likes of Carmela Soprano and The Nanny.

Abdi lives in Los Angeles with his two children and his partner. He is not the inspiration for Madonna's children's book "The Adventures of Abdi," though of course he will tell his children that he is.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lea Hansen on June 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
Kara has just turned thirty and she's living a fabulous life. She had a gorgeous apartment, designer clothes and a car, all courtesy of the Ebadi's. Leila and Hossein Ebadi are the parents of Kara's best friend, Bobby. Bobby is a one-hit wonder screenwriter and party boy, with a serious failure to launch problem. The Ebadi's have fallen in love with Kara and they fund her lifestyle in hopes that she will marry Bobby. They desperately want to see their son settle down, the only problem is Bobby is gay. Gay and very much in the closet when it comes to his family. The arrangement is mutually beneficially and they keep the guise of being in love to keep the financial benefits from his parents. There are two problems, first, the Ebadi's are not the type of parents to stay uninvolved and second, Kara has met a mysterious man whom intrigues her.

Abdi Nazemian's debut novel, The Walk-In Closet, isn't going to be for everyone. The novel, which centers around the lives of friends in their late 20's/early 30's, living in Los Angeles, is filled with frank and often crass dialogue. It's a bit like Sex and the City for a new generation. I found this often salacious story, to be a guilty pleasure read and I enjoyed every minute of it. That said, I would be very careful of which friends I recommend this novel to, just because of the language and subject matters discussed. It presses comfort levels.

Another layer that made the story compelling, was the peek into a different culture. The Ebadi's have made Kara an honorary member of their family and through this, she learns a lot about Persian culture and the thriving Persian immigrant community in Los Angeles. Growing up in Los Angeles, this is not a community in which I know very many people, so I found it fascinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miracleshine on June 7, 2014
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The Walk In Closet first opens to walls of white lacquered surface, filled with opulence and, well, surface. We meet a wealthy Persian family, the Ebadi's, immigrants from Iran who arrived after the fall of the Shah and have only one remaining son. The family showers their son's live in "girlfriend" with over the top gifts and wills them to make their union official and produce some offspring. Our narrator is the beard, Kara, and she and Bobby, her best friend and would be husband agree that if they will never out right lie about their relationship and will end it if one of them ever meets someone. However, Kara, nursing a broken heart accepts a celibate existence and Hermes hand me downs to indulge the Ebadis. Bobby, her best friend and would be husband to be is a writer manqué who devotes most of his energy to online cruising and anonymous hook ups. We also meet Kara's group of chirpy sorority sisters who provide the Greek chorus to her slow motion slide into the Ebadi family facade.

At first I felt this shallow cast was tiresome and longed for Bobby to be the narrator, for some meat behind how a bright and functional kid could so easily shed his family trappings in private but also feel compelled to appease them.

However as the "Nowruz" (Persian new year) and Kara's 30th birthday approach she begins to cave to the pressures of the chorus and hear the voices of her less exotic but more practical parents, divorced but still present, who urge her to be aware of her own interests. Under Bobby's tutelage she creates a Craigslist persona and arranges to meet "Kyle" at the Four Seasons. (Does this really happen? I should be using CL for more than selling old couches...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 9, 2014
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Seriously great book. My heart is breaking for the main character, Kara. She shares a duplex with her best friend...who is also gay...who also can't tell his Persian family. They assume she is his girlfriend, that she will be their daughter in law someday. She has nothing better going on, and truly she adores Bobby's family. But you just can't miss that it isn't fulfilling her.

She feels like she is just gliding through her life. And honestly she is. Bobby's family supports him, as an unemployed writer. They bought the duplex, they buy the cars, they even pay for the vacations. But when they up the anti, to hint without much subtlety that they are ready to be's just too much. She loves them, loves Bobby...but even her friends are telling her this just isn't right.

There is also a serious twist that I will not divulge. I just couldn't stop reading, horrified and hopeful. And that's what you take away, hope for Kara and Bobby...and his whole family.

Oh yes, I do recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ps on June 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Walk-In Closet is many things. On one level it's a low-key story of thirtysomething friends in Los Angeles. Then it becomes an exploration of various cultures in that city ---- the gay community, the Iranian community, Hollywood. Then within every community we find a deep reading that's not just stereotypes or gloss.

Most important, at least for me, is that Nazemian does all of this while still developing wonderful, unique characters. He also manages to make the people who should be least sympathetic --- the Iranian parents who are bent on their son marrying a woman and denying his identity as a gay man --- are very beautifully and richly portrayed.

On top of all that, an unexpected mystery sets in part way through the book ---- it is a total page-turner.
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