Anahita Sadeghi, a typical, happy-go-lucky American ten-year-old, was not too keen on traveling to the other side of the world to meet her father’s family. But her month-long vacation turns into a nightmare when her Persian relatives refuse to let her return to the States.
She is forced to deal with the dizzying maze of social customs, resist her grandmother’s efforts to mold her into the proper Persian girl, dodge her aunt’s schemes of marriage, and fight to make her own life choices until she can find a way to return home. Longing for her friends and her freedom, only the enigma of her missing aunt, Scheherezade, gives Ana a glimmer of hope of one day escaping Iran for good.
Will Ana’s family marry her off and forever bind her to this country, or will she break free of Iran’s walls and find her way back to America?
“An engaging story… I found myself turning the pages more and more quickly to see what was going to happen next. Lovely book.” —NY Times bestselling author, Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club
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This debut novel did not disappoint! Strong character development and an interesting plot made for a meaningful read. It delved into such complex concepts as identity, family, and destiny.
The first couple of chapters were a little slow to the build up, but it hooks you by the fifth chapter. A well written story about complex situations, Patricia Panahi did a wonderful job.
This is a wonderful story about Ana, a young American teenager who visits Tehran so that her Iranian father can conduct urgent family business. This is her first opportunity to meet her father’s relatives and become acquainted with local customs. These are particularly constraining for her. When her parents are killed in a road accident Ana must remain with her father’s relatives according to the rules of the country. Her adjustment is not easy but she complies in her own way trying to keep her American identity. Her new family is not without kindness and a spiritual vigor but also replete with deep secrets. These she seeks to uncover particularly regarding Scheherazade, an exiled aunt. As she completes her high school she is of marriageable age and has to endure the courting customs. Unfortunately a tragedy occurs with one of her suitors and she loses her honor that shames the family. But they rally to her dilemma. Eventually she gets to return to America thanks to her mysterious aunt. The story moves quickly as the author brings you closely into the family circle with all its emotional strengths and weaknesses. This is a very good read and would be a great gift for a young adult reader. Its one of those pieces of fiction that you know right away is well done and inspiring. I was given an electronic copy in return for an honest review.
Veil of Walls tells the story of a young American girl traveling with her father to see her Persian family across the world. She to a tragedy she is forced to stay with her family there and unable to return to America. While trying to adapt to the customs of the country she tries to stay American as well. This was an interesting read and I found it well written.