When her older brother shared a childhood story at a family reunion in 2006, Bay Area resident Sara Fashandi was shocked by the wealth of family lore he held – and how much of it she didn’t know about his childhood in Tehran, Iran. Fashandi recounts brother Mohsen’s perseverance as he struggles to help provide for his family from as young as 6 years old in her book, "Message in a Matchbox," a finalist for an International Book Award last year.
The author will share how her book came together at a presentation to the Hayward Rotary Club at noon, May 13. 
The tale follows Mohsen through his teenage years as he finds ways to fight life’s onslaught of challenges in a county with oppressive leadership.