A native of Iran, Roya Hakakian arrived in the U.S. in 1985. The author, poet and journalist who has written for The New York Times and Wall Street Journal ultimately settled in Woodbridge, where she lives with her husband and twin boys. An outspoken critic of the Iranian regime and advocate for democracy, her latest book, “A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious,” comes out March 16. It has received advance praise from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
Erik Ofgang: How did this book come about?