Veil of Roses – Laura Fitzgerald

Title: Veil of Roses
Author: Laura Fitzgerald
ISBN: 9780553383881
Pages: 320
Release Date: December 26, 2006
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Multicultural Fiction, Chick Lit
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the publisher’s website:

Tamila Soroush wanted it all. But in the Islamic Republic of Iran, dreams are a dangerous thing for a girl. Knowing they can never come true, Tami abandons them. . . . Until her twenty-fifth birthday, when her parents give her a one-way ticket to America, hoping she will “go and wake up her luck.” If they have their way, Tami will never return to Iran . . . which means she has three months to find a husband in America. Three months before she’s sent back for good.

From her first Victoria’s Secret bra to her first ride on a motor scooter to her first country line-dance, Tami drinks in the freedom of an American girl. Inspired to pursue her passion for photography, she even captures her adventures on film. But looming over her is the fact that she must find an Iranian-born husband before her visa expires. To complicate matters, her friendship with Ike, a young American man, has grown stronger. And it is becoming harder for Tami to ignore the forbidden feelings she has for him.

It’s in her English as a second language classes that Tami finds a support system. With the encouragement of headstrong Eva, loyal Nadia, and Agata and Josef, who are carving out a love story of their own, perhaps Tami can keep dreaming—and find a way to stay in America.

I really enjoyed Laura Fitzgerald’s One True Theory of Love [review], so I was looking forward to going back and reading Veil of Roses, which was her debut novel.  I enjoy the blend of chick lit and multicultural fiction that she utilizes, as well as the fact that she tackles deep issues within her novels.  Veil of Roses was a very enjoyable read that didn’t disappoint.

My favorite aspect of Veil of Roses was the discussion of life in modern Iran for women.  It’s an especially timely read since international eyes have really been on Iran for the past few months.  Through Tami, Fitzgerald puts a human face on the whole situation.  When I read about Tami being frightened after singing in public or walking around without her head covered, my heart broke a little.  It’s so difficult to remember to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States.  Fitzgerald really captures the sad situation in Iran and opens her readers’ eyes to it without making Tami seem pitiable or sad.

Indeed, that’s another thing I really enjoyed about Veil of Roses – how strong Tamila was.  She was an amazing character who never gave up, no matter what she was facing.  She was also loyal and stayed true to her culture; I appreciated the struggles she went through, trying to reconcile her new life and her old.  I enjoyed getting to know her; she’s the type of person I could see myself being friends with.

I also liked the aspects of Persian culture that Fitzgerald introduced the reader to in Veil of Roses.  It’s always nice to learn new things while you’re enjoying yourself, and I certainly did that.  I love how similar Persian culture is to Indian culture – it makes you realize how similar we all really are!

Veil of Roses was a really wonderful read.  It’s a light book that is easy and enjoyable to read, but that doesn’t mean it’s fluff.  This novel tackles some deep issues regarding oppression, culture clashes, and family.  This is a book that I highly recommend!

Comments

  1. I have seen this book and passed it by on so many occasions. I have no clue why because it seems a really good book.

    Congratulations on your award! This review just proves you deserved it!

  2. I have seen this book and passed it by on so many occasions. I have no clue why because it seems a really good book.

    Congratulations on your award! This review just proves you deserved it!

  3. I heard this one was lighter than it appeared. I have it (of course!)but haven’t read it!

  4. I heard this one was lighter than it appeared. I have it (of course!)but haven’t read it!

  5. You have made this sound like the perfect mix for me: another culture, a character that I can relate to, a book I can learn something from, and yet not so heavy that I should hesitate to start it. Wow.

  6. You have made this sound like the perfect mix for me: another culture, a character that I can relate to, a book I can learn something from, and yet not so heavy that I should hesitate to start it. Wow.

  7. That sounds like a great read… I love th sound of this! I am adding this to my wish list!
    This cover is going to be my cover attraction post on coming Wednesday… i just love it!!!

  8. That sounds like a great read… I love th sound of this! I am adding this to my wish list!
    This cover is going to be my cover attraction post on coming Wednesday… i just love it!!!

  9. I’ve had this on my list so long I had forgotten about it! Thanks for reminding me why it’s there.

  10. I’ve had this on my list so long I had forgotten about it! Thanks for reminding me why it’s there.

  11. I really like the sound of it. And that cover model sure grabbed my eye, she’s gorgeous!

    I’ll definitely have to pick this one up =)

  12. I really like the sound of it. And that cover model sure grabbed my eye, she’s gorgeous!

    I’ll definitely have to pick this one up =)

  13. I love multicultural books too and the cover of this one is just gorgeous!

  14. I love multicultural books too and the cover of this one is just gorgeous!

  15. I loved this book! 🙂

  16. I loved this book! 🙂

  17. I have this one in my TBR pile – I’ll have to come back and reread your review after I get it read to compare our thoughts!

  18. I have this one in my TBR pile – I’ll have to come back and reread your review after I get it read to compare our thoughts!

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  21. That looks really good – I like cross-cultural fiction so I’ll certainly look out for a copy 🙂

  22. That looks really good – I like cross-cultural fiction so I’ll certainly look out for a copy 🙂

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