A physician and writer, MO H. SAIDI was born in Iran, moved to the United States in 1969, and became an American citizen in 1975. Saidi has won a first-place award of the Iowa Poetry Association, and in that same year, he earned a master’s degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University. Saidi has published a book of essays regarding women’s health issues, three collections of poetry; a collection of short fiction, The Garden of Milk and Wine; and in 2015, The Marchers: A Novel.
About Esther and the Genius:
Esther and the Genius is the compelling story of the slow and tragic breakdown and dissolution of a prominent family. The life of Dr. Jordan Hartman, a successful but volatile professor, turns upside down with a call from his wife, Esther. Hartman is at the peak of his career; he has helped build the medical school into an internationally recognized research and treatment center. His attempt to save their teenage son Saul from a drug-selling goon ends in disaster. An avalanche of tragedy follows, involving the courts, the medical school, and ultimately destroying Hartman's family.