Part of the Three Books Three Weeks experiment with Em and Steff (see her review here).
I found this book was a strange case of too much and yet not enough. There were too many stories lines that could have been developed and too many tangents that Mehran began to travel down, yet she never took any of them far enough to produce a compelling story.
I don’t think it was a case of not having intriguing characters, with equally interesting histories and personalities – the three sisters who fled Iran, a young Irish girl who attempted to abort her own baby, a kind hearted old lady with endless memories. All of them could have been incredible. Their stories could have been incredible. Rosewater and Soda Bread could have been incredible. But it wasn’t, it wasn’t at all.
A lot of potential, but thats about it. I wouldn’t recommend it!