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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 can never come true, Tami abandons t
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Published December 26th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2006)
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Mariam
This is not the book to read if you want to learn about Iranian women or Islam. I was not surprised to find that the author's only connection to Iran is that her husband lived there until the age of ten. She is certainly allowed her own opinion of Iran, but is clearly misinformed on many counts. For one thing, "all good Muslim men" do NOT dream of meeting a limitless supply of virgins in heaven. And, although women in Iran do have fewer freedoms than they do in the U.S., they are allowed creativ ...more
Lucy
Dec 04, 2007 Lucy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sappy at heart
I liked the premise of the book. Iranian woman who has no rights or opportunities in Iran with the current political situation wants to live in America so she can be the type of woman her parents have always encouraged her to be.

It humanizes Iran (something the news rarely does) and exposes the misguided treatment of women within its country.

Unfortunately, those are the best things about this book. You'll have to excuse me, as its been several weeks and I've forgotten most of the characters' nam
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Dawn Michelle
May 19, 2010 Dawn Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good story
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Kelly Maister
WHAT a great story!!!

I think that we forget (even with things on the news) what a great life and what great freedoms we have in America (and in Canada). This book reminded me over and over again.

Tamila (Tami) is from Iran. Her parent's (knowing from personal experience of living once in the US) work to get her a visa to go to America for 3 months. Once there, her goal is to find a husband, so she can stay in America for good.
Her sister and brother-in-law (who married and escaped Iran 15 years
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Kirin
i'm sick of these type of books, i mean really there is a lot of in between wearing a scarf (it doesn't really qualify as a veil) and running around getting drunk and being with guys. but alas the book was handed to me, was a turbo easy read, and i read it. i wouldn't recommend it, but if you have it on your shelf give it a whirl, it will amuse you for the few hours it takes you to read, and then will promptly be forgotten.
M/Ðɑηηɑ
Nov 16, 2014 M/Ðɑηηɑ rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who believes in freedom; women
Recommended to M/Ðɑηηɑ by: my grandfather
Veil of Roses Review

Tamila is a young, Iranian woman who lives a life separated into two main periods of time:
First, the freedom.
Freedom
Tamila was a young baby in her first couple of years in the world, when her parents lived in America, or as it otherwise known as "Land of Opportunities". It seems as if she lives in a world of temporary flashback, back to her time in the USA, which she hardly remembers: Sometimes it's the present, and sometimes she sinks into those pleasant memories of her you
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The Book Maven
So I am a little partial to chick-lit to begin with, and very partial towards books that depict Persian life and culture, so this book was a very pleasing combination of the two and since it told an engaging story to boot, I give it high marks.

Tami is a frustrated, repressed 27-year-old wasting away in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On her birthday, her parents present her with a mixed blessing: a passport, a one-way plane ticket, and the advice to go to America and stay there if she can. The onl
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Mahina
May 03, 2007 Mahina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hopeful people
I loved this book – it’s sweet, romantic and though-provoking. The central character, Tamila Saroush, is a 27 year old Persian woman who comes to America to better her life. I enjoyed seeing America through her eyes. She takes nothing for granted and sees every day occurrences -- a girl wearing a mini skirt, two teenagers holding hands -- as little acts of freedom that she captures through her photography. She loves America but in order to stay she must get married. Her sister, determined to kee ...more
Dee
Nov 03, 2007 Dee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in other cultures
For those that know me, I am clearly interested in cross-cultural books regardless of culture. This was a very thought-provoking story about one Iranian woman's adventures in America for the first time. It is a thought-provoking book making one look at just how lucky we are to live in America and makes you really see how much the littlest things can mean to someone who has no freedom. Freedom is explored in so many possible ways that it reminds us what we take for granted and what it truly means ...more
Tara Chevrestt
At the age of nine, Tamila Soroush donned a white hejab and participated in a religious ceremony in which religous men informed her that from that day on she could not run about freely, could not laugh too loudly, or play with any male not her brother. This is what happens to little girls in Iran. From that day on, women in Iran live hidden behind a veil.

For full review:
http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2010/...
Federica
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Se, leggendo il titolo di questo romanzo, avete pensato, anche solo per qualche attimo, che si trattasse di una tra le tante storielle rosa che ormai colonizzano gli scaffali delle librerie, beh, avete completamente sbagliato!
Colazione da Starbucks è un romanzo, a mio parere, molto interessante.

La protagonista, infatti, è Tami, una ragazza iraniana ormai vicina all'età che viene considerata "da matrimonio". Per le giovani come lei è di
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Cherie
Unbelievable. It seems the author based her depiction of Iran on stereotypes rather than actual experience- or research.
Nshslibrary
Laura Fitzgerald’s debut novel, a poor attempt at rendering a bona fide account of the immigrant experience is neither introspective nor riveting.

The novel follows the life of Tamila Soroush, a young Iranian woman who leads an insubstantial existence until her twenty fifth birthday, when she receives a lucrative opportunity to escape to America for three months and "wake up her luck”. Tami flies to Tucson, Arizona to stay with her sister Maryam and her husband. But once in America, Tami must rac
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Shauna Edwards
Tamila “Tammy” is sent to America with the mission of finding an Iranian husband. Crashing with her sister and brother-in-law in Arizona, they offer their assistance. Shortly after her arrival though, she stumbles upon an American guy in a coffee shop. They began seeing each other often. Ike falls madly in love with her. Reluctantly she reveals to him that in her culture, it’s forbidden to intermarry. In order to remain in America and gain approval from her family, they must end the friendship. ...more
Doron Yam
Sometimes, just sometimes, there very hard choises we have got to face. These are the choises that will change our lives forever.
In this story we see a young woman who comes from Iran to the United States of America. On top of the cukture shock that she's got, she has a mission in front of her: to find a husband in 3 months (until her Visa will expire). It is most recomended that the future husband will be persian too, because of tradition.
The hero of the story will face the two choises she has:
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Giulia Alayne
Such a let down. If you hope to get to know more about persian culture with this book, then you're totally wasting your time. I highly doubt the author even knows anything about Iranian women. Full of cheesy clichés, stereotypical and extremely unrealistic. I dived into it expecting to read about immigration and real persian women's lives and their traditions, their struggles, but it ended up being just a silly and pointless love story. The writing was also pretty bad. It could've been written b ...more
Jodie
Mar 16, 2008 Jodie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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Jerry (Libri in pantofole)
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Una lettura che ho trovato davvero piacevole per quanto la trama sia ovviamente scontata, un romance del quale sin dall'inizio si può intuire il finale. Ciò che però mi ha colpita e che ho trovato molto originale è la capacità dell'autrice di trattare, in maniera delicata e con un tocco di leggerezza un argomento difficile quale la condizione della donna e le differenze tra Oriente e Occidente. Mentre passeggia per le strade di Tucson, Tami ci strappa molt
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Jen Selinsky
For her twenty-seventh birthday, Tamilla Joon receives an airplane ticket to the United States from her parents. Their only wish is for their daughter to live the rest of her life free of the burdens facing many Iranian women. After Tami arrives in America, her sister tells her that her first priority is to find a husband, since her tourist visa will expire in three months. During her first day in the United States, Tami meets Ike, a good-looking American man, at a local Starbucks in Arizona. De ...more
Kathy
Just a few chapters into the book, it was apparent that the writer was not Iraqi and was clearly imagining what it would be like to be in the shoes of a newly-arrived immigrant woman from Iraq. I know many authors can successfully write from the perspective of people from other cultures, but Fitzgerald just couldn't pull it off. It just never came across as a genuine experience.

I also hated the way she forced through the happy ending.
Donisha
Not a satisfying read. It was cute but the characters had no depth. I wanted more facts. It was over edited leaving out small yet helpful information. There were too many gaps in the story. I wanted to love this book and I wish it was longer with more information about the characters, life in Iran, what happened at the end etc. This book was obviously not written by a person of middle eastern decent.
Renee
I've read many books about the immigrant/American experience, but what I liked so much about this book is the detail given to the main characters arrival in American. My favorite part of the book is when the pilot announces the plan is no longer in Iranian airspace and the woman all remove their veils; in every sense of the way. My only complaint, the ending wrapped up way to neatly.
Sharon
This book was loaned to me by my niece Amy. It was a reading I could not put down. When I finished the book I celebrated the fact that I am a woman living in the USA. Gratitude is a wonderful thing. A must read. Thanks Amy :>)
christina
great concept- i loved the idea of a woman from Iran coming to America and dealing with the concept of freedom. Unfortunately the author lost that concept and made it into a cheesy romance novel without any power.
Inessa
I could not put this book down! Although I've seen bad reviews on it I didn't go into this book presuming to know the culture or facts about Islam. I simply went into this book in the eyes of the character knowing that whatever I read was the opinion of the fictional character entirely. Its Tamila’s story and it was cute, funny, adorable, sad and exciting. I don’t care if it was based off an Islamic woman, a Hispanic, a Russian etc…I only care that what I learned from this book was to never take ...more
Mary
This may not have been an indepth story about Iranian people but it was a very sweet story and I enjoyed reading it very much. It may have been predictable but you're never sure until you get to the end!
Ivy
great quick read - finished it in a day. insightful regarding women and the empowerment associated with every day choices. choices that we may take for granted. our everyday acts of rebellion.
Mary Beth
Not what I hoped the story would be...Pretty shallow. Quick read and worth the time. I like to learn something from cross cultural stories such as this and that was not the case.
Carolyn Gardner
V.G. I know that women from the middle east tend to not have the choices that we do when it comes to making a romantic choice, this novel was a good example of that.
Rachel
A sweet story about finding one's true self and learning to make tough choices in order to stand up for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed Tami's story and watching her grow with confidence. I found it highly amusing when she muddled thru crazy American everyday life and phrases and interesting to think about our "First World Problems/Issues" as seen thru her eyes. Really made you realize the kinds of freedoms and liberties we take for granted here. I found the characters well developed and entertai ...more
Emi
It was beautiful, funny, and sad. I've had the book on my shelf for many years. Just ordered book 2
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