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The Rose Hotel

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A country in chaos, a clash of civilizations, and a family torn asunder...In the midst of the upheaval and violence of Iran's 1979 revolution, a young girl struggles to make sense of a complex swirl of mystery and change. In the vein of The Kite Runner, Iran-born author, Rahimeh Andalibian tells the true-life story of her Iranian Muslim family and two brutal crimes – one t...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published September 16th 2012 by Nightingale Press (first published September 4th 2012)
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The Rose Hotel is a beautiful page turner of a memoir that reads like a novel (fans of The Kite Runner will love). I found it nearly impossible to put down. In fact, I nearly missed my subway stop reading about her family's journey from Iran to London to Southern California. While the story unfolds amidst the 1979 revolution, it is ultimately a universal story of tragedy, secrets, family and redemption. I felt like I was following the author through the scented halls and gardens of the hotel and...more
If you ignore the specifics, this story can be a mirror for so many of us, whatever country, culture and religion you may belong to. Many of us are transplants, either from region to another within our own country, or from one country to another. This story so lucidly, but so brilliantly and poignantly, captures the emotions, lows and vagaries of life faced by such transplants.

On one hand are certain societal norms that compels a person (and families) to conform, whether or not it causes discom...more
Writing this review is difficult for me.I finished this book in two sittings and it was hard for me to read.I am not a person that can handle tragedy.On the outside I am stronger then a rock but inside I am the weakest sparrow.Being an Iraqi-american living in Iraq you really dont know which is home and in the end neither are.It is very difficult living in a foreign land ...either way.Though I respect this story and its narrator I disagree with her position on religion. Being Shia we are taught...more
I loved this memoir. I loved Rahimeh's family, as full of flaws as they were. I almost had to give up in the middle because bad. things. kept. happening. and I couldn't bear it. I couldn't bear it if this entire family went through everything they had to go through and things STILL didn't turn out well for them. I'm so glad I stuck with it and finished the book. I'm so glad Rahimeh's family was able to come together and heal.
This book was so awesome in not only the struggle of family histories/myths and cultural education and experiences different from my own, but the writing brought me right along in the story. It was beautifully written with compassion and brought to my mind my own family drama. Very well done. Thank you. I will recommend as well on my page on Facebook. thank you Rahimeh Andalibian.
Vivienne Gardner
This is one of the most compelling books I have read for a long time. When I had finished it I wanted more. Her descriptions of her family and their life is brilliant and it makes you want to meet Maman and Baba in person. This also gives a clear and personal account of the revolution in Iran and a good understanding of those who follow Islam. All together an absolutely excellent book.
Michele Gorman
This was a good story, well-written and it kept my attention. My only criticism is that the narrator used a lot of foreshadowing, and I'd have preferred to read about the events as they happened rather than be told beforehand that they were going to happen.
Stephen Clynes
This story starts at the Rose Hotel in Mashhad, Iran in 1978 before the Islamic revolution. Rahimeh is 4 years old and the reader gets the picture of her understanding of life in Iran during the turmoil of the Islamic revolution of 1979. This is a family tale told in the same style as A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. The Rose Hotel is a colourful story of growing up in a Shi'a Muslim family. You see through Rahimeh's eyes as her family moves from Mashhad to Tehran. They later move to...more
Time it took to read: 9 nights. Not because of lack of reading – I read every night – this is a LONG book. It is an auto-biography of Dr. Andalibian’s life, her whole life to date. Did I mention it was long?

That sounds harsh. It was a book out of my comfort zone about a young girl and her family growing up in Mashhad, Iran during the late 70′s, early 80′s all the way up to current time. I downloaded it because of the great reviews and to broaden my knowledge of another culture. I do enjoy books...more
This was a really interesting book, possibly more so for people not too familiar with Iran and the Iranian revolution. It was very emotional, in many ways tragic, but in a way that was not unique to the author's family--my own husband's family went through very similar experiences. It's very sad for your country to fall out from under you, no longer standing for the things you do, and this is what the author's family struggled with--finding a home and a place to belong after losing their country...more
Arwa Bager
This was an amazing find... easy to read and you actually felt what the characters are going through.. I am a graduate student so I pick my books carefully- this book is worth your time. It takes you deep into the hearts and souls of the characters- developing a deep understanding of an event that could potentially break a soul; let alone a family yet somehow they seem to make it through all the difficulty. I read the book in 2 sittings (saying a lot when you are overwhelmed with school work, wo...more
A fabulous book on so many levels. Dr. A really lets the reader into her life and the lives of her family. Warts and all. She shows how tragedy can scar and damage a family. And how hard work and love can repair it. The book begins when she was 5 and the Shaw was ousted from Iran. The damage done by the ayotollahs to the country and in particular to her family shook the faith of many of Iran's Muslims. After the death of her brother in this upheaval, the spiritual and emotional toll that they en...more
I tried so hard to like this book. The story was interesting and I kept reading because I wanted to see where it was going, BUT the writing style was atrocious. Transitions from one event to the other were very flat (and then another really bad thing happened) and the characters were amazingly flat. I imagine the writing the book was therapeutic for the author, but I have read other books that do a much better job of presenting dysfunctional families, cultural / political upheaval and the healin...more
Genna Evelyn
An excellent and captivating generational tale about a Muslim family in Iran and America. I wish better editing had been done... What Is up with shoddy editing these days??? But other than that I really enjoyed Dr. Rahimeh's narrative of her life an experiences growing up in a (typically!) dysfunctional and broken family and her observations of its effect on each member, as she grew up an became a clinical psychologist. Very eye opening and thought provoking.
This was a wonderful read. I appreciated the story from all angles - the female role in a Muslim Iranian family, the parents role in trying to shelter and protect their children from the harshness of the world, the coming of age role of all of the children in the family as they tried to find their footing in society. It was well written and totally vulnerable and heartfelt.
Incredible true story of her families resilience brought on by the changes in Iran from the Shah to Ayatollah's and a families ability to survive with the powers that be. The journey takes this highly religious family to America and the struggles of survival against change, religion and societies acceptance of immigrants from the Middle East - could not put it down!
Good book, especially for being a free download. I felt like the story kind of dragged on at times. I got stuck a few times and lost interest when the story was a bit lacking. I felt like it was jumpy and would have appreciated more dates at the beginnings of chapters, especially when the story made a big scene or time jump.
Just when I thought the story couldn't get more tragic it does. The amount of loss this one family experiences is incredible. The book details the incredible journey of one families loss and love while trying to find a place in a world that is not willing to accept them.

Definitely a serious read.

Katherine Vanlent
Really emotional memoir. The writing style wasn't the best, but the story itself drew me in. I wanted to find out what happened to this family and follow how each tragedy seemed to rip the family apart, but at the same time link them even closer.
Very haunting and vivid portrayal of a small part of Iranian life. Found it fascinating and am still thinking about it now, although I finished it a week ago. Just found the last quarter rambled on too much, hence the three stars
What a beautiful book. A true story of a family's successes and failures in Iran during the 1970's revolution, and their subsequent moves to England and California. Heartbreaking and enlightening at the same time.
What a sad story about the life in Iran. It is seen from growing up as a young girl to being a woman going through the tribulations in Iran and the consequences these life steps would have on the rest of her life.
Very intresting story. Not too big of a world we live in.What that family went through is something anyone here could go through.
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Ralpha Wharton
I downloaded this on my Kindle Fire as a free book. Loved it and I am recommending it to my friends. You and your family are real survivors of terror. Welcome to USA!
True story about an Iranian family that suffers a loss and how it impacts their lives. Very thought provoking and well written. Great insight to the culture.
Mary Ellen
interesting story, but it got to be tedious and entirely too long. VERY dysfunctional family.

Had to do with Iranians during the 70s and 80s (as far as I remember)
A look at one family's story and how their lives were affected by the war in the Middle East. Graphic, touching, and enlightening all at once.
Sara Ramezani
wonderful book i recommend it to anyone who wants to hear a true story in a very smooth story line about love,reseliance and faith.
Abi Persson
I mostly enjoyed this book, I agree with others it dragged a bit in places mostly at the end. An interesting story of family dynamics.
Awesome book. It sucks you in and you just want to read more. Definitely worth your time.
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Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian is a clinical psychologist practicing in Laguna Beach, California, and New York City. She is an intergenerational family therapist working with families, businesses, and organizations for over fourteen years. As a result of her experience in chronicling her true life story in her first book, The Rose Hotel, she has begun to incorporate storytelling in her work to empower and...more
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