I have a problem–I can never come out of a bookstore without a new book. So, I typically like to look on the bargain shelves and stands.
Now, I’m a huge fan of The Kite Runner, 1001 Splendid Suns, Bollywood, and other books and movies that have to do with the Middle East. I don’t know why, I just feel it fascinating to see how they view life and their feelings on freedom and independence. I guess it just reminds me not to take it for granted as I have lived in the US my entire life.
I recently read Dreaming in English by Laura Fitzgerald. I found it on the clearance shelf at Barnes and Noble and was caught by the cover. What I didn’t realize until I actually started reading the book was that it is the sequel! But, it’s good enough to stand alone!
Dreaming in English is about Tami, who managed to get a visitor’s visa allowing her to visit America from Iran. Her main purpose was to “go and wake up her luck.” She wanted to find a husband to stay in America rather than return to corrupted Iran. She met Ike, while engaged to an Irani-American. They fell in love, and after a whirlwind of Tami refusing to marry her “fiance”, almost returning to Iran with no hope, Ike proposing to her, knowing her situation, and a Vegas Elvis marriage, they have to deal with the consequences.
Tami deals with prejudice and distrust of Ike’s parents, who believe it was solely a green-card marriage rather than one of love, hurt and upset Irani-American ex-fiances, her sister’s American pregnancy, her parents hesitating to try and come to America, and the dreaded Immigration/Marriage interview.
The book focuses on freedom, courage, and mainly, finding oneself. It did very well with those themes, and was a nice, comfy read. However, I don’t think it was the best written ever. Something about just didn’t sing to me…and the characters were almost stereotypes of characters, especially Ike. He was the perfect, romantic, innocent, and righteously-rash and mad type of man. The mother-in-law was also the typical “monster-in-law.” A lot of the events that happened were “ex-machina”.
But, it was still a good, interesting, and surprisingly captivating read.
I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars!