Veil of Roses: Laura Fitzgerald

From the Publisher:This compelling debut follows one spirited young woman from the confines of Iran to the intoxicating freedom of America—where she discovers not only an enticing new country but the roots of her own independence. . .” Not sure if I would call this “compelling” but it’s a good read nonetheless. Fairly short, I finished it in about 2 hours (that’s a whole other story). The plot is fairly predictable, and some of the characters seem flat. (Eva –seems very hard and oversexed- Nadia –Ever the victim) but some have a very surprising turn, (Maryam re: Nadia!). I’m not seeing the “free spirited” Tamila—She seems very eager to go with what she is being told to do in regards to marriage and her friendships, rather than doing what she wants, but that could be the Iranian culture showing through. Was very surprised to see that this was actually written by an American, as it describes the culture well . (Apparently, Fitzgerald is married to an Iranian-American, which could explain it) The writing flowed very smoothly, and made it easy to read and keep up with. Looking forward to future books from Fitzgerald.)!)

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