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Veil of Roses Paperback – December 26, 2006
"Cometh the Hour" by Jeffrey Archer
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Laura lives with her family in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and can be reached through her website at www.laurafitzgerald.com.
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Yes, Laura Fitzgerald's debut novel follows an old format. From the minute Tami meets handsome, charismatic Starbucks worker Ike on the way to her English class, readers will begin to have strong suspicions about future plot developments. Yet there are enough other pluses about the novel that will keep reading enjoyable.
Tami's wonder at all things American (everything from dealing with free samples to relishing life without her customary veil) adds freshness to the book, and her intelligence and determination to truly find love makes her a fitting heroine. As for her suitors-an outwardly successful Iranian with obsessive compulsive disorder and another fellow countryman who turns out to be different than anyone imagined-they add that kind of drama that makes one desparate to see how the plot "tangles" are resolved. Other supporting characters, like Tami's fellow classmates and her loving but controlling sister, add interest and texture to the story, even if they occasionally seem stereotypical.
This is a book that you can't help but enjoy, even if its somewhat simple and predictable nature means that it maybe deserves about 3.8 stars. By time you're finished inwardly cheering for Tami and falling in love with the deliciously romantic Ike, you'll find it hard to complain about this generally inspiring remix of the "immigrant story."
What's so painful about this book - ***and I'm glad to hear this echoed in reviews done by those who have been to Iran*** - is that the author has the most stereotypical image of Iran and Iranian women. From the very beginning we learn that the main character of the story comes from a good and educated background. Her parents had met one another while studying in the U.S. She seems to come from a middle-class and relatively well-off family. Yet (and here's the painful part) everything that she does in the book is a description of a working class, non-educated, very religious and rural woman, from the way she avoids eye contact with men to the way both her and her sister get married based on practicality (how deep the husband's pocket is, U.S. citizenship, and so forth). Unfortunately, the book's description of its protagonist completely misses the mark on how Iranian women with a decent education from a middle and higher income families live and behave.
Like many others, Laura Fitzgerald has taken advantage of an increased interest in the US on Iranian topics--be it politics or social issues--due the current status of US-Iranian relations. She has allowed herself--I think she finds this justified solely based on her marriage to an Iranian-American--to draw what she thinks describes the life and thoughts of an average Iranian woman both in Iran and in the US.Read more ›
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Sigh. Another unfair and inaccurate depiction of Iranian women. Yes Iran has a regime that is a dictatorship that restricts women. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ILUVBOOKS
The story was interesting and educational! I highly recommend this book.Published 3 months ago by Susan C. Dauria
I really loved this book! It was cute and romantic and a quick read. It really opened up my eyes to the privileges that I have had my entire life just by living in the United... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Danielle Woolard
Feel good light romance book. It made me smile as I read the book
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Synposis: Main character, Tamila Soroush lives in Iran and is a dreamer, in a country that doesn’t encourage dreaming. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mary Daisey
Beautiful cover! The lady is pretty, and I love the Arabic words going across. I love cross-cultural books, I'm glad I picked this one. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Benish K @ Feminist Reflections