Interviews, Articles and Reviews About Veiled Romance
Please take a few minutes to watch or read:
My interview with JLTV at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob_fkFS7cfg
My interview with Jewish Journal:
Book review by Carol Kaufman Segal: http://www.stagehappenings.com/Carol_Segal/reviews/_2013/romance.php
Interview with Jewoscity: http://www.jewocity.com/blog/an-interview-with-jewish-iranian-author-simon-sion-ibrahimi/3992
Jewish Journal Iranian Blog: http://www.jewishjournal.com/iranianamericanjews
Literature and Fiction: http://shelaghwatkins.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/simon-sion-ebrahimi/
Veiled Romance is a real page-turner that takes us into the dark and menacing world of the Iranian
fundamentalist revolution of the late 1970s. Writing with deep inside knowledge, author Ebrahimi
gives us action, danger and romance against an authentic historical background.
Who could ask for more? — Elizabeth Frank, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, American Studies,
Jewish Studies, Pulitzer Prize winner for Biography for Louise Bogan and author of Cheat and Charmer
No one knows Iran better than Simon Ebrahimi. And no novel I know captures the fear,
excitement,, heartbreak, and romantic undercurrents of the last days of Imperial Iran more than
Veiled Romance. An irresistible and touching view into a lost world.
— Bruce Feiler, best-selling author of Walking the Bible and Where God Was Born
I just finished reading your book and loved it. Bravo, bravo. Great job! It was not easy putting
the book down once you started it. Great suspense and a new approach to Shahrzad's story telling.
— Homa Sarshar, Published author, award-winning journalist, writer, media personality,
I just finished reading this fascinating and captivating book. Once you start you cannot put it down.
I highly recommend this book for everyone. I congratulate its author Mr. Simon Ebrahimi.
— Honorable Jimmy Delshad, Mayor of Beverly Hills
Intriguing and highly readable story. Agree with others that it is "hard to put down." It vividly conveys
"on-site" an important and painful time in history-the emergence of the Ayatollah, the hostage
takeovers, and the Iranian revolution woven within the story so that you want to read more to see how
the characters are affected; not at all pedantic. Most important, speaking as a Jewish educator, it lets us
in a bit to how Jews lived in Iran immediate pre-Ayatollah and during that period-- a time most of us
knew about scarcely and only by hearsay. Would like to read more by author.
DEFINITELY recommend! — Ellen Cohn - Librarian, East Meadow Jewish Center and Jewish Educator
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I enjoyed reading this book very much and was completely hooked after the first few chapters.
The infusion of past and present with present is very effective and I simply loved it. I read a lot of the
story with moist eyes, feeling sad, heartbroken, and even angry at times, for the loss of our "homeland"
that we won't get back in my life time. It wasn't all gloomy though - I was totally entertained. As a woman
who lived through the revolution I could easily identify with the issues Leila was facing albeit a factually
fictional novel. All in all a very intriguing and interesting read that I recommend to people I know.
— Sima Oskoui I just finished reading Veiled Romance, and although a novel,its description of Jewish life and feel
in the Esfahan Ghetto and beyond in themore modern times, as well as Ebrahimi's depiction of the
Iranian society just before and right after the revolution is masterful and grabbing.
— Sam Kermanian, former Secretary General of theIranian-American Jewish Federation What we should all expect, ask, demand or whatever else it takes from our Facebook friends (and
indeed over 400 of Mr. Ebrahimi's own Facebook friends, is not only to buy and enjoy reading this
book on the above website, but also to encourage their own friends to do so. This is the least we can
do to support someone who has spent years of his time to let us know about the way our previous
generations lived in Iran.
— Tahmineh Shadkhoo "Veiled Romance is a page-turner that is part detective story, part romance, part history lesson, all
connected by a fascinating plot line, and well-developed characters. The story is an uncannily accurate
portrayal of what modern women, religious minorities and dissidents endured during the days leading
up to the Islamic revolution and immediately afterwards. You can't put this book down, because every
time you think it's so good, it just keeps getting better! I can't wait for the sequel."
Jessica Emami, Research Fellow (PhD) – George Mason University, Washington, D.C. I just finished Sion Ebrahimi novel, Veiled Romance. You can't expect anything else from a great
story teller such as Sion Ebrahimi. I would highly recommend the book and give it 2 thums up.
— Shohreh Hekmati Nowfar I admire your passion, dedication, imagination and most importantly well written book. — Dr. Ardeshir Babaknia Your book is brilliant with powerful mastery of storytelling, leaving the reader in awe & curiosity
to turn the page. The intrigue, tragic injustices of an oppressed people, in a land invaded by Islamic
extremists, yet the passion, truth, strength & enduring beauty of the human soul shines in this marvel
of a novel.
Thanks for this great book, I highly recommend it! —Lili Etessam I enjoyed the book very much. The infusion of past and present was very effective.
As a Foster Carer to a boisterous 5 year old during summer break, it was difficult to just sit and read
to my heart's content. However, I was totally hooked after the first few chapters and found it very
gripping. I simply loved it.
I read a lot of the story with moist eyes, feeling sad, sorry, heartbroken, frustrated and even angry
at times, for the loss of something that we won't get back in my life time. It wasn't all gloomy though -
I was totally entertained.
As a woman who lived through the revolution I could easily identify with some of the issues Leila
was facing albeit factually fictional, although not as strong and as resourceful as her.
All in all a very intriguing and interesting read that I will recommend to friends and family. I have just started reading The Guest of the Revolution by Kathryn Koob (an old book that I
recently became aware of).
Well done, thank you and all the best. Kind regards. — Sima - London, England I feel way too humbled to express my literary opinion about a book written by one of the most
creative, sensitive, articulate, honest and brave writers of the contemporary literature.
Mr. Ebrahimi whom I have an ocean of love and a mountain of respect for as a human , author,
activist and friend, has done a most beautiful job in creating a melange of creativity and authenticity
Not only Simon never let's his audience down by his
extraordinary storytelling abilities but continues to add yet another beautiful , exotic flowering plant
in his garden of masterpieces.
With only one fine unique characteristics. His plants keep flowering constantly and are not subject
to the climate variations all of us experience in the skies of our existence.
Bravo Simon. — Rami Etessami
The author artfully marries the soft touch of love and romance and harsh politics and oppression.
The reader will remain interested throughout a great and unique journey to an unknown destination.
Hearts beat for love and in fear but minds are curious and continue to follow Leila hoping for a happy
ending. Highly recommended to all as it reflects our history and many familiar struggles.
— Minoo Moghimi-Hekmati I am reading this book and it's an amazing one. I am proud that an Iranian American wrote this
book congratulation to Mr. Simon Sion Ebrahimi. Like all other readers I started the book and can't
put it down.
— Sonia Barkhordar A touching story. Best wishes to author, Simon Sion Ebrahimi. — Sophia Tabaroki I am enjoying chapter by chapter of "Vieled Romance." It's exciting, unpredictable at times, reassuring
and heartfelt and authentic to say the least. Congratulations and thank you. My highest respect for you
comes from the wisdom that manifests itself in your humor.
Jacques Farasat, Artist