Veil of Roses
By Laura Fitzgerald
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780553383881, 320pp.)
Publication Date: December 26, 2006
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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 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.
Laura Fitzgerald lives in Tucson, Arizona with her Iranian-American husband and their two children.
“A fun, romantic, and thought-provoking debut novel from a promising author.”—Booklist
“Watching Tami [the heroine] find her voice through such small comforts as being able to sit alone in a house, walk to school unescorted or buy lingerie with her sister will leave readers rooting for her.”—Publishers Weekly
"A gorgeously authentic voice. Fitzgerald's narrative is infused with wit, warmth and compassion. If you like cross-cultural books, you won't want to put this down."—Kavita Daswani, author of Salaam, Paris and Matrimonial Purposes
"In this winning debut, Fitzgerald has crafted the powerful story of one woman's courage to look beyond the life that she has been given—Veil of Roses is a poignant and uplifting novel full of charm, wit and grace."—Beth Kendrick, author of Fashionably Late and Nearlyweds
"After picking up Veil of Roses, I did everything one-handed for two days I was so unwilling to put it down! Charming and heartbreaking and hopeful and funny, this is the rare book that completely transports the reader. Laura Fitzgerald is an amazing talent."—Lani Diane Rich, author of The Comeback Kiss