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Veil of Roses

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,255 ratings  ·  911 reviews
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
Paperback, 309 pages
Published January 2007 by Bantam Dell
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Aug 21, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Giulia Alayne
Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Unbelievable. It seems the author based her depiction of Iran on stereotypes rather than actual experience- or research.
Dawn Michelle
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who believes in freedom; women
Recommended to 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.
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
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Tara Chevrestt
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.

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Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars. I loved this story! Mostly it hit close to home for me. I was also a foreign, single woman once upon a time and it's so hard to understand the culture and still keep your own. Plus your whole family tells you to find a husband haha.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is super interesting! I totally SHIP her and Ike!!!!!

P.S if you don't know what ship means it is basically thinking that a couple is meant to be together!
Or that is what I think. Feel Free to tell me what you think Ship Means!
Benish Khan (Queen.Beenie)
Beautiful cover! The lady is pretty, and I love the Arabic words going across. I love cross-cultural books, I'm glad I picked this one. This book was recommended by a cousin of mine, she actually told me about it a few years back - I've tried looking for this book in the beginning, but I couldn't find it anywhere. Afterwards, I had forgotten about it. Recently, I remembered and finally, I discovered it in Barnes & Nobles! I bought a bunch of books using my employee discount as a bookseller, ...more
Sandra Heinzman
I was surprised at how much I loved this book. So much so, that I immediately picked up the sequel and started reading it as soon as I finished this one! A 27 year old Iranian girl, Tami, a teacher, is sent by her parents to the U.S. to live with her sister (they all lived in the U.S. years ago, when the Shah was still in power, but then the parents and younger daughter returned to Iran for vacation and were unable to leave), after the Shah was overthrown in their country. The problem? She has t ...more
Shauna Edwards
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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:
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about 27-year-old Tamila Soroush who comes to America from Iran to stay with her sister Maryam and Maryam's husband Aldishir in hopes of a better life here. With a three-month Visa in hand, she feels she must find herself a husband in order to stay in the U.S. I found it rather sad that Tami felt she had to "settle" for a man she did not really know and definitely did not love in order to be happy here in America. But would she really be happy? There were several s ...more
Jan 08, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was a very quick and fun read, but had quite a few thought-provoking and culturally sensitive parts to it - which knocks it right off the purely chick-lit shelf. It's the story of a young Iranian woman, Tamila, who has the opportunity to leave Iran to come and live with her sister in Arizona, hopefully to find a husband and stay in the United States. Tamila's experience with this country is a bit lightweight, but very very enlightening in her constant constrast to what her life was in ...more
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Laura Fitzgerald, if you are reading this review, please know that you did amazing job writing this book.
It made me laugh out loud, cry and most of all it gave me hope. From the very beginning, I was cheering Tami on, she deserved to be happy in some many ways. She sacrificed everything to come to the United States to feel free, to feel loved...she deserved a Julia Robert's move-like happy ending.
Mar 27, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 :>)
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her life is always behind a veil as she lives in Iran but she has dreams which she has to put in hope until her parents brought a one way ticket to the US. We how her life will open up and she would be soon having a much better life. This shows just what a person can do when they have help
Mar 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF on 10/2/15: I've been debating on reading this one heavily. I've decided to go nay for now, because of a gut feeling. Beautiful cover tho.

May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My #1 favorite novel. Ever. You'll fall in love with Tami, she's such a fabulous character who will make you really appreciate the life we all can take for granted.
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