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Veil of Roses
Veil of Roses
Author: Laura Fitzgerald
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. . . . — Tamila Soroush wanted it all. But in the Islamic Republic of Iran, dreams are a dangerous thing for a girl. Knowing they c...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553383881
ISBN-10: 0553383884
Publication Date: 12/26/2006
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 272 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
This is one of the best stories I've ever read, and that is saying alot. When I finished reading this, I felt like I could truly accomplish anything, and I started looking at the world differently--as a beautiful place and not as the ugly things that I sometimes focus on.

This is the story of a young Iranian woman who comes to America for a 90-day visit to her sister and brother-in-law (whom she had not seen in about 10 years). Her parents sent her in the hopes that she can find an Iranian-American man who will marry her, thus giving her a better life in America. Women in Iran are treated less-than-human, and she shows us this as she shares her confusion and then excitement over seeing how free American women are, such as when she sees 3 young women talking and laughing over coffee at a Starbucks that she passes each day on her way to and from English classes.

This young woman is someone I would love to be friends with, but I feel she would do more for me than I would for her as her appreciation over what I consider to be mundane details are highly contagious. :-D
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Helpful Score: 6
Great story! Quick and easy read. At first I thought the writing/story was a little too simple. I guess I was expecting something more deep. This book is more like chick-lit, almost. BUT, the story was still good and I couldn't put it down. My hubby said I was smiling while I read it. =)
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Helpful Score: 6
This is a great cultural novel. It opened up my eyes to the freedoms we Americans take for granted. It also has a great story, without being too preachy.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book will capture you from the first chapter. I read the book in 2 days. This is a very easy read, but it also makes you think and appreciate the things that we take for granted.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was GREAT. I can't believe this was her first book. It is a fast read. I could hardly put it down.
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Interesting book. Well written and kept you wondering about what was going to happen.
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I was excited to read this story, but when I reached the end of the book, I felt let down. The themes were obvious and over simplified. The characters were predictable, as was the ending. The writing was simple, and with such an intriguing subject, I expected so much more. Despite the shortcomings, there were parts that brought a smile to my face, and almost brought a tear to my eye, but that was mostly due to the reflection I was doing on my own life compared to some of the women in the story. Is it the worst or most disappointing book I've ever read? No, it's not, but it definitely left me wanting for more.
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Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald is the story of a girl from Iran. Her parents send her to stay with her sister in America in the hopes of her finding a husband there so she can stay in America permanently. Tami enjoys the freedom of being a woman in America. She enjoys little things like being able to walk to her English class by herself. She has a passion for photography and captures these little moments of freedom- like a girl enjoying a coffee at Starbucks or her first pair of tennis shoes- with her camera.

She makes friends in her English class with people who are all very different from her. But her main focus and the focus of her sister is to find her an Iranian husband before her visa runs out so she can stay in America.

The book follows her on her journey of discovering freedom and trying to find a husband. Complicating matters is her developing friendship with an American guy named Ike.

It was a great book. A quick and easy read. I really enjoyed reading it while I was in Dubai because every woman I saw in a headscarf I would image as the main character. It really opens your eyes to some of the little freedoms we American women take for granted everyday. It was a funny and sweet story.