Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dreaming in English-Laura Fitzgerald

Dreaming in English
Laura Fitzgerald
NAL, Feb 1 2011, $15.00
ISBN 9780451232144

Twenty-seven years old Iranian expatriate Tamila Soroush knows how fortunate she is when American Ike Hanson married her in Vegas as she was able to remain in the states (see Veil of Roses) with the Prince Charming she loves. Instead of Teheran, Tamila joyfully goes to Tucson, Arizona where her hostile mother-in-law wants the marriage annulled and Tamila deported.

Law enforcement watches her marriage to Ike closely to determine if it is real or a Green Card sham. Tami realizes she must shed her Tamila upbringing in which women accepted their fate and defend her self from the deportation-arrest first and ask questions later government (that reminds her of home) and her enemy mother-in-law.

This is a direct sequel to Veil of Roses so to understand how far from Iran to Nevada seemingly naïve Tamila has traveled, readers need to read her first fairy tale of going after what she believes is America. Her new American family led by her angry mother-in-law push for her deportation based on a phony marriage. Ike is caught in the middle between the combatants, his relationship combat experienced mom and his naïve immigrant wife. However, this proves no contest as the entertaining story line follows the anticipated path even with detours.

Harriet Klausner

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