International bestseller novelist dies in Lecanvey

Internationally acclaimed novelist Marsha Mehran has been found dead in an apartment in Lecanvey.

Reports this morning indicate the 36-year-old writer, whose works include 'Pomegranate Soup' and 'Rosewater and Soda Bread' was dead for more than a week when a landlord discovered her body on Wednesday. Gardaí are treating it as a "sudden death" and there were no signs of a break-in or foul play.

Born in Iran, Ms Mehran left her home country with her family as a child for Argentina. She grew up in Argentina and America.

Her book, Pomegranate Soup, which tells the story of three sisters who escape Iran at the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and eventually settle in a small town in the west of Ireland, was published in 2005 and became an international bestseller.

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