In New Novel ‘Bibi’s Rainbow’ One Woman Bridges the Cultural Divide for an Iranian Family in America

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Writer and film director Majid Amini shares a poignant and engaging narrative about an immigrant family’s struggle to assimilate and the unlikely matriarch who leads the way.

'Bibi's Rainbow: Hilarious Ordeals of Assimilation' by Majid Amini

Majid Amini’s new novel 'Bibi’s Rainbow’ is an absorbing, honest and amusing story of the members of an extended immigrant Iranian family in Southern California who privately battle their painful pasts and resist assimilation into American culture.

Spanning four generations, Majid Amini’s new novel ‘Bibi’s Rainbow’ is an absorbing, honest and amusing story of the members of an extended immigrant Iranian family in Southern California who privately battle their painful pasts and resist assimilation into American culture. The matriarch who emerges from Amini’s imagination illuminates the importance of kindness, affection, community, unconditional love, tolerance and forgiveness, in her efforts to help them move forward, heal old wounds and make peace with their lives in America. Bibi’s character is strong, passionate and clever. She uses her positive attitude and keen understanding of human nature—and an unending supply of homemade exotic and gourmet meals and desserts—to soothe and quell their discomfort, strengthen their relationships with their neighbors and community, and challenge the rigid ideals that their ancient culture has imposed.

Born and raised in a mountain village in Iran, Bibi leaves her family at sixteen and moves to Tehran to begin her work as a nanny for the wealthy Rushanzadeh family. She develops a special bond with their daughter Noshin, and over the years her role becomes increasingly significant. When the family flees Iran and moves to America (via Paris) during the Iran-Iraq war, Bibi goes with them. Once in California, the family begins the difficult process of adjusting to life in a new country, which proves to be more challenging for the elder members of the family who reject, at every turn, the American way of life.

Despite her own hardships, Bibi becomes the driving force that provides the wisdom and love, nurturing and guidance, that leads them to acceptance of America, each other and, ultimately, their own personal secrets and ghosts. “This story illustrates that we are all imperfect human beings trying our best to live our lives to the fullest,” says Amini. “Whether we like it or not, we are all connected together in this endeavor of living.”

The multitude of difficulties that many immigrant families face is portrayed in Amini’s book with both humor and poignancy. He captures the eccentricities and quirkiness of human behavior, which is revealed through well-crafted dialogue and introspective narrative. Intertwined with the pitch-perfect portrayal of the day-to-day dysfunctional dynamics and interpersonal trappings that would threaten the integrity of any family, are stories and flashbacks that provide a glimpse of what life was like before and during the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970’s.

Through her kind, compassionate acts and a profound appreciation of the human condition, Bibi becomes the matriarch of a family to whom she has no blood relation, proving that the real meaning of family is about loyalty and truth and love. Over time she helps them gain insight into the gifts that will come their way, if they open their hearts and minds, even just a little. “I wanted to show how a multi-generational immigrant family adjusts to American society,” says Amini, “and to illustrate how wonderful it is to become another color patch on this ever-changing American quilt.”

'Bibi’s Rainbow’ is published in eBook format by and is now available at popular online retailers including, and Apple’s iBookstore.

Review copies of 'Bibi's Rainbow' are available to media contacts upon request. Author Majid Amini is available for interviews.

Majid Amini
(805) 660-2771

About Majid Amini
Majid Amini is a bilingual novelist, essayist, screenplay writer, director and producer of feature films and documentaries. In addition to 'Bibi's Rainbow', Mr. Amini has authored six published novels with following titles:

The Howling Leopard
Dreams of a Native Son
The Sunset Drifters
The Greatest Meeting
Escape From Paradise
Children of a Lesser Nation

Majid Amini directed the screenplay, Uncommon Friends, a coming-of-age feature film, based on The Howling Leopard novel, which won the Certificate Creative for Excellence in US International Film and Video Festival. He has also produced a documentary film titled, Broken Pillars, the life stories and the struggles of eight single mothers and two single fathers for survival.

Since 2010, (based in Sudbury, Massachusetts) has helped thousands of authors and publishers get their books converted to ebook format, and distributed to all the major ebook retailers, including,, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony Readerstore, Ingram Digital, and Google eBookstore.


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