Saturday, October 4, 2008

Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

iconiconI still haven't gotten back to reading Traffic — I have a stack of library books that has been steadily accumulating, so I thought I had better read a few of those before resuming Traffic.

Laura Fitzgerald's Veil of Roses was a very interesting book, for me, because it did such a good job of demonstrating the cultural differences between Iran and the United States. At the same time, though, I thought it also did a good job of delivering a main character that American readers could find compelling, as well as a story line that satisfies readers with Western cultural values.

Also, although I would technically classify Veil of Roses as chick lit, it was very different from most books in that genre, as it dealt with a young woman from a different culture. Most chick lit, it seems to me, deals primarily with young women in professional jobs, either immersed in or just grazing a more upper-class, sophisticated world than what most of us live in.

The book was a fast read — I took an afternoon off of work to finish it, and ultimately read the entire book in less than 24 hours. Definitely a good choice if you need some light reading as a little diversion!

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