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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Masks is a dark fictional tale, based on true-life events. It narrates the adventures of a young Armenian girl born in Lebanon in the seventies. She dreams of fame and power in Lebanon and the Arab world and shows resilience and motivation beyond her years. The novel delves into the world of the protagonist, Anna, who is surrounded by social, religious, and sexual taboos. ...more
Published March 8th 2018 by Tellwell Publishing
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Kay's Blushing Book Reviews
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Despite this book is labelled Fiction it is based on true events, obviously names etc. have been changed from privacy and legal reasons, but the bones of the story remains the same. I felt like I was reading pages from someone’s biography.

Although Anna grew up in Lebanon, she is Armenian by blood. Her story gives insight into the struggles woman in her country experience. Not only is it educational but quite frankly its confronting and heartbreaking that although we as a nation have come so far
Anahit Arustamyan
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Masks is a great creative story based on true-life events. Nataly Restokian created a wonderful fictional tale about an Armenian young lady who builds her success on her values of freedom and true love in her conservative society in the Middle East. The story will touch the reader’s heart. Masks has a message not to forget our past. This great creative work is about the life of struggle for true love and understanding. She believes in herself, faces obstacles but never gives up. She believes the ...more
Ray Simmons
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of books that tell the story of how difficult it can be for an ambitious woman, or in fact, any woman to succeed and be happy. It can be a strenuous and even degrading task, and a woman needs good people and a lot of luck to be successful sometimes. Not to mention talent. I live in the Middle East now. I teach English as a Second Language and it is quite a culture shock to be in a place where the men and women are segregated, and women must cover their body and face when they g ...more
Team Golfwell
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued reading “Masks” by Nataly Restokian. I thought the story (which is about a woman named “Anna” and is based on true events) was written by a very beautiful woman who emerges from a very conservative beginning amidst a vast amount of turbulence in the Middle East, to a high place of status in the middle east using her creative and intelligent mind.

She achieves success but isn’t satisfied and gives it all up for a genuine love she hasn’t ever experienced before. To me, she showed co
Bob Dcosta
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book for review
by Nataly Restokian

If you have not read Masks, you should read it, and if you have read it, you should make sure to read it again, for when can a journey be filled with more experience than what the author, Nataly Restokian has gone through. In this debut novel, the Lebanon-born author details the life of Anna, the protagonist as she moves in a world of glamor and materialism. But deep within, Anna is fighting her own demons. She walks the path
Tom Law
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Masks is an intriguing story of a young, often naïve, woman as she tries to find freedom and love in a world dominated by men. In this era of the #MeToo movement the reader will find ample evidence of how men exert power over women within their realm of influence. The abuse and dominance of these men is well documented as this young protagonist tries to make her way through a world in which she finds the only real way to advance is to submit.

The author has a tendency to wax eloquent on very phil
Aug 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I recevied a complimentary copy.

The book is tough to get through. I am not sure how much is embellished and what parts are put more so in the front to get the plots across. The author is very good at creating heartbreaking settings and visuals that a reader should not have to carry around all day. I understand that this is supposed to be a real and open book, but it is not family friendly and can make someone extremely uncomfortable. The book might appeal more to men who have a lust for the more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting semi autobiography, she is Lebanese Armenian. I recommend this book as it shows life and traditions in a modern Arab world. Anna since a child wanted to break the restrictions imposed on her, at the same time it shows how hard and sometimes what some do to become famous and this all over the world.
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