Monday, November 24, 2008
I’m all for chic lit., but I try and find a balance between reading trashy romance novels and non-fiction for when I commute to work each day. I’m currently reading Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald and it’s the perfect happy medium. It’s a light, girly read that I’ve been able to fly through, while still educating myself on women’s lifestyles in Iran.
The story is told by Tamila Soroush, a 27-year-old Iranian woman who moves to Tucson, Ariz. to stay with her older sister, Maryam. Tami is only visiting for 3 months care of her temporary visa, and must find a Persian husband in that time so she can stay in the States. There’s a chic lit. style love story too, think Bend It Like Beckham with a much older, mature couple and no crazy soccer antics.
Through reading about Tami, I’ve learned how courtship and marriage evolve in the Iranian culture, from flirting in internet cafes to terrifying arranged marriages. I’ve also began to appreciate the small comforts that are not afforded to young woman in Iran. It has been eye opening to learn how an Iranian woman experiences our everyday habits, such as going to Starbucks or Victoria’s Secret or going out dancing with friends.
The timing for recognizing small pleasures that are too often forgotten by woman in the U.S. couldn’t be more precise with Thanksgiving right around the corner! Curl up with Veil of Roses in your post turkey coma and you won’t be disappointed.