Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review: A Walk in the Closet by Abdi Nazemian

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And now for something a little different, but a MUST read for Summer!

 A Walk in the Closet cover


Kara Walker has never found much glamour in her own life, especially not when compared to the life of her best friend Bobby Ebadi. Bobby, along with his sophisticated parents Leila and Hossein, is everything Kara always wanted to be. The trio provides the perfect antidote to what Kara views as the more mundane problems of her girlfriends and her divorced parents. 

And so when the Ebadis assume that Kara is Bobby’s girlfriend, she willingly steps into the role. She enjoys the perks of life in this closet, not only Leila’s designer hand-me-downs and free rent, but also the excitement of living life as an Ebadi. 

As Kara’s 30th birthday approaches, Leila and Hossein up the pressure. They are ready for Kara to assume the mantle of the next Mrs. Ebadi, and Bobby seems prepared to give them what they want: the illusion of a traditional home and grandchildren. How far will Kara be willing to go? And will she be willing to pull the Persian rug out from under them when she discovers that her own secret is just one of many lurking inside the Ebadi closet? 


This is a book that you may not think you will like, but once you start reading it, you realize it is really about growing up, finding YOUR way, not that of your parents' and of finding the person you are truly meant to me with. It is graphic in nature, and language, due to the subject matter (but truth be told, you can skim those parts if you wanted to). If you've watched the TV show about Iranians in L.A., then some of the story may seem familiar. Having had a co-worker whose family came from Iran, and was very similar to the Ebadi's, the book felt very familiar (both to his stories and rants about his extended 'family'!). Once you start reading this book, you may find it VERY hard to put down! I was SO surprised this is the author's FIRST book, as it reads like from a veteran writer. You may 'see' the truth of the new man in Kara's life before she does, but it doesn't stop this roller coaster read, you'll only be turning the pages quicker and quicker to see how it is resolved! So it's part mystery, major part chick lit, and a tad family fiction. Family dysfunction in  'Tehrangeles' has never been SO addicting! .

About the Author:

Abdi Nazemian is the screenwriter of The Quiet, Celeste in the City, Beautiful Girl, and the short film Revolution, which he also directed. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He lives in Los Angeles with his two children, and his dog Hedy Lamarr. Connect with the author:   FacebookTwitter, on his Website and on  Goodreads

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