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The Walk-In Closet Paperback – May 21, 2014
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Abdi Nazemian's debut novel, The Walk-In Closet, isn't going to be for everyone. The novel, which centers around the lives of friends in their late 20's/early 30's, living in Los Angeles, is filled with frank and often crass dialogue. It's a bit like Sex and the City for a new generation. I found this often salacious story, to be a guilty pleasure read and I enjoyed every minute of it. That said, I would be very careful of which friends I recommend this novel to, just because of the language and subject matters discussed. It presses comfort levels.
Another layer that made the story compelling, was the peek into a different culture. The Ebadi's have made Kara an honorary member of their family and through this, she learns a lot about Persian culture and the thriving Persian immigrant community in Los Angeles. Growing up in Los Angeles, this is not a community in which I know very many people, so I found it fascinating.Read more ›
At first I felt this shallow cast was tiresome and longed for Bobby to be the narrator, for some meat behind how a bright and functional kid could so easily shed his family trappings in private but also feel compelled to appease them.
However as the "Nowruz" (Persian new year) and Kara's 30th birthday approach she begins to cave to the pressures of the chorus and hear the voices of her less exotic but more practical parents, divorced but still present, who urge her to be aware of her own interests. Under Bobby's tutelage she creates a Craigslist persona and arranges to meet "Kyle" at the Four Seasons. (Does this really happen? I should be using CL for more than selling old couches...Read more ›
She feels like she is just gliding through her life. And honestly she is. Bobby's family supports him, as an unemployed writer. They bought the duplex, they buy the cars, they even pay for the vacations. But when they up the anti, to hint without much subtlety that they are ready to be grandparents...it's just too much. She loves them, loves Bobby...but even her friends are telling her this just isn't right.
There is also a serious twist that I will not divulge. I just couldn't stop reading, horrified and hopeful. And that's what you take away, hope for Kara and Bobby...and his whole family.
Oh yes, I do recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply outstanding. I couldn't put it down. Smart, relevant, engaging and fun! This is an author to watch. I cannot wait for his next book!Published 9 months ago by Jonathon Aubry
This book was an absolute delight to read. Written from a unique yet identifiable perspective, the book tells its story from the viewpoint of Kara, a young woman who is a prisoner... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amanda F
Kara is turning 30. She is Bobby's beard and in comes a mysterious stranger. Wigs fly and the truth comes out. A light read that's fun.Published 14 months ago by Armando
Someone recommended The Walk-in Closet and I was so happy she did. I flew through it. It's one of those books you blow off plans with friends to finish. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Craig B
This was such a fun, fast read. I couldn't put it down! I feel like I know these people. Beyond the humor and surprising turns, there's also plenty of depth and Nazemian's deeper... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sanam
I loved 'The Walk-In Closet' and think you will too. There's great joy to be found in its truly funny, knowing and compassionate portrayals of Bobby, Kara, and the cast of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by James Teel
The book is an easy and fun read, while it touches and explores some very serious issues within many Iranian-American families. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shabnam Kimia
Absolutely engrossing from start to finish, with its sharp but knowing satire of a culture the author clearly knows well and its poignant but always witty study of a relationship... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Susanna Fogel
I started this book in June, thinking—correctly—that it would make a great beach read. And there are elements of this: spot-on descriptions of sumptuous consumption, terrific... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Erin M Lanahan