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Ar Minnesota metro setting and the window into Iranian culture and cuisine Well written and strong characters I ook forward to reading books by Catherine Dehdashti Valerie is a girl in perpetual motion with strong Minnesota ties and a desire to express herself With These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, life heading in one direction a chance encounter albeit unexpected gives her a newease on Delayed Surrender 2 (Delayed Surrender, life with a man she said she d never date because he was a customer How Val and Naveed deal with a bit of neurosis hilarious situations and theirife with Goli Naveed s Iranian mother is an illustration that family is what you make it There are some French, Grades 6 - 12 laugh outoud moments mixed with very emotional personal experiences throughout this story Filled with the mixes of both Midwestern US and Iranian culture Roseheart is heartwarming and charming in a way that makes you enjoy the journey not feel Wildflower ~ A Balconies Novella like you are beingead along the path the author wants you to be A brilliant debut novel by a very accomplished writer 355 My favourite element of this book was the infusion of multiple cultures as being a Muslim in a Western country it was something I could understand firsthand It s difficult to find a book ike this that is so open to diversity and exploring different cultures Also the focus on family was realistic and made me remember how valuable and important family is and how sometimes we can take it for granted Valerie reminded me that although at times I feel suffocated by my family they are our rocks and should be cherished no matter what In that sense I enjoyed reading this book However I felt ike I couldn t exactly relate to Valerie that well as a protagonist For instance we don t hear her name until 10 pages in and for a while I had no information as to what she Küçük Günahlar Sokağı lookedike so it was hard to imagine her Despite being written almost Loving You with Teeth and Claws (Dead Things, like a diary entry her voice seemed distant and as if she had gotten swept up with thearge amount of time that passes through in this book With that being said the format made this book a very easy and uick read Thank you to the author for sending me a copy it was well worth the read Disclaimer I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads This is Minnesota and I m a stereotypical reticent Minnesotan This home is also Iran where elders must be revered and respected I must stay within the boundaries of both of these cultures but this soap game is a pressure valve So says main character Valerie Kjos Shushtari in Catherine Dehdashti s wonderful debut novel Valerie acutely feels the push and pull of two very different cultures and struggles to find a comfortable place in between Deshdati explores the ups and downs of such an existence with humor and compassion and powerfully explores the complexities of blended families I m eagerly awaiting her next novel I won this book through Goodreads First ReadsWhen I first opened the book and started reading it I thought for sure that I was not going to Nekromanteion (Prométhée like this book but I gave it aittle bit of time and I ended up 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents loving it Could not put it down I honestlyaughed out oud. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding; Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas; or Welcome to My Planet Where English is Sometimes Spoken by Shannon Olson The culinary imagery in Roseheart has also drawn connections to The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu Jabe.
Udience so maybe some one else might find this a five star read but it just wasnt for me See full review at Shellyback booksA uirky fun and relaxing read If ife is a journey this is Valerie s journey The diary Wicked, Sinful Nights (Raised to be Bladesmen, like chicit writing style gives it a certain Bridget Jones diary feel Whilst I am not really a fan of chic Ali Pashë Tepelena lit preferring fiction with substance I did enjoy this novel In true chicit style it is written in the first person and Valerie the main character is Little Fiery One likeable amusing and being far from perfect easy to relate to The identity of Roseheart pictured on the cover surprisingly is not Valerie as I d initially assumed It is onlyater into the story that we The Sacred King learn the connection and who it isI particularly enjoyed the multicultural element the fly on the wallook at American Persian culture The first chapter did a really good job of pulling me in but Milking the Dogs, Part 1 later into the book it was her relationship with her mother inaw which kept me interested Two thirds of the way through the book and still enjoying it I started to wonder where it was goingWhilst admittedly Larong Pinoy (LgM Books For Children, 5) light fiction there is than enough going on in Valerie sife as well as some surprises to keep a reader interested At times I found the writing a bit flat and it jumped about a bit but that is probably intentional or simply chic Keisaramörgæsir lit style Theast chapter pulls it together with the ending being unexpectedA well written debut novel recommended as a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggles Farm light and relaxing read and for chicit fans A definite thumbs upReview copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Roseheart Catherine DehdashtiReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre Women s Fiction LiteratureFiction AdultI m a bit on the fence with this read I didn t really feel drawn in to the book feel the characters and situations were real I felt Valerie and Naveed were together as much for convenience that for How To Be A Domestic Goddess love I just didn t feel that pull between them that tension and edginess that sparks in a new relationship and somehow they just seemed to drift intoiving together I did Velvet Moon (Annwyn Chronicles, like the descriptions of recipes and Iranian culture and they way that East and West mix with some unintentional difficulties caused byack of cultural understanding When Naveed s mother comes on an open ended stay that was interesting seeing how Valerie tries to make her welcome but at the same time wonders when she s going then gradually Goli becomes part of the family in that she just becomes part of their everyday Kine (The Kine Saga, life and not the visitor she first was Overall though it was a story I could pick up and put down easily one I enjoyed but wouldn t re read Stars Three a one off read for meARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers Just finished this debut novel andoved it A free spirited young woman Valerie falls in The History of Dark Corner Campbell County, Ga love with a Persian man Naveed who is handsome and kind and also very good to his mother Herife soon changes as she Q-Squared learns the joys and complexities ofiving with her new husband and an extended visit from hermother in 천년구미호 [Cheonnyeon Kumiho] law Goli Funny and tender it was a joy to read I enjoyed the famili. Lerie will have to decide what's important doing everything her own way or her beloved Naveed and hisive in mother who might not approve if she knew everything about her But as she's about to earn Goli has secrets of her ownRoseheart has been compared
Rating 4 of 5 starsA good weekend read great for bookclubYou can usually tell if you re going to ike a book from the first page A pretty cover is all good and well and a thought provoking poem might tilt you one way or the other but that opening page is where you shake hands with a book and decide if you re going to stick around for a drink or make up some kind of excuse and eave that is unless you re reading Ayn Rand or EL James in which case you must immediately run screaming from the roomThe book sidles up to you and gives you a winning smile and it s best come on ine Sometimes it eases gently into it with a False Witness little bit of scene setting but somewhere on that first page you will see it The twinkle in its eye the dimple in its cheek Theine that makes you stick around and readFor me it was the rhythm alliteration imagery and the sense that the author enjoyed writing as much as I am enjoying reading this sentencebut even at a crawl I Pandaimonion lose and regain control over and over rejoicing every time I narrowly escape hitting a punk rock pedestrian as I skate my way through UptownI received this for review via NetGalley and before reading it I was excited toearn about modern Persian cultureThe novel is set in the 90s in Dinkytown a small Minnesotan town in the middle of nowhere where the protagonist works in a kebab shop It tracks her blossoming relationship with Naveed which is thrown into conflict upon the arrival of his Iranian mother At first I thought she was awful to him picking out his every flaw and criticizing each thing he did on their dates However I think I prefer that to the usual chick Testimony of Clinton Edward Jencks lit in which the woman fawns over the man s perfect butt smile whatever Iike that Dehdashti s main character is imperfect as is her Ultimate Playstation Cheats and Codes - Essential for PS2, PSP and PS3 Gamers love interest Character flaws give depth making the good things that much better and the characters that much realI absolutelyove Goli Joon and the descriptions of her reactions to everyday American ife In fact I may have oved her too much Maybe she wasn t evil enough to justify Valerie wanting her to Say You Still Love Me leave But then again when you ve just moved in with your boyfriend having Mummy Dearest around could be enough of a problemTh Disclosure I was asked to read this book by the authorReading Roseheart wasike pulling on that old comfortable sweatshirt that you never uite want to toss out Maybe it was the familiarity of the 80 s and 90 s era in which the book was set or the Minneapolis Minnesota setting but I felt as if I were reading about an alternate path my Journaling Prompts - Procrastination life could have takenI think Il read it a second time though this time with an eye towards identifying the motivation of the main character Valerie because that was the one thing I missed the first time through Like a teacher who critiued Valerie s novel Hogwash it s ente Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review This book was uirky fun and well thought out but it fell short for me It s about family and Alpha and Omega life and just getting on but I found it all a bit meh That said it was REALLY well written and im sure im not the target A story about family set in the 1990s and told through the sardonic voice of Valerie Kjos She's a young Midwestern Gen X'er whoseife is just barely coming together with her boyfriend when his Iranian mother Goli comes for a visit that seems to never endVa.