A Bitter Veil
Libby Fischer Hellmann
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
It all began with a line of Persian poetry . . .
Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.
Under the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Republican Guard, life becomes increasingly restricted and Anna must learn to exist in a transformed world, where none of the familiar Western rules apply. Random arrests and torture become the norm, women are required to wear hijab, and Anna discovers that she is no longer free to leave the country.
As events reach a fevered pitch, Anna realizes that nothing is as she thought, and no one can be trusted…not even her husband.
I love it when there are more than one meaning to a book title!
veil - noun
1. a piece of opaque or thansparent material worn over the face for concealment, for protection from the elements, or to enhanse the appearance.
2. something that covers, separates, screens or conceals; a veil of smoke; the veil of death.
3. a mask, disguise or pretense; to find the fault under a veil.
This is one of the most exciting books I've read in awhile!
The story begins in the late 1970's when Nouri, a flawed student from Iran, studying in Chicago, meets and falls in love with Anna, a damaged American student. Coming from two different worlds on many levels, the two fall in love and decide to marry once they go to Iran to to begin their new life as a couple.
What Anna finds in Iran is more than she bargains for. On the one hand she gains the love of a family for which she has always longed. On the other she finds a country in political turmoil as a government is toppled and the entire Iranian world is turned upside down.
The tension escalates as the political story unfolds, as the family falls apart, as murde is committed, as an escape from Iran is contemplated.
Libby presents the sights and smells and sounds of Iran so vividly, I felt like I was right in the middle of the action. Thank you, Libby, for another great book!