Advance Praise for THE ROSE HOTEL:
“[A] brave, beautifully written memoir. [Andalibian] skillfully crafts an insightful, passionate immigrant’s story with cross-cultural resonance.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“A powerful and uplifting memoir of tragedy and healing” – Kirkus Reviews
WASHINGTON (March 23, 2015)—In her memoir THE ROSE HOTEL (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1479-0; on sale May 12, 2015; 368 pages, $26), debut author and clinical psychologist Rahimeh Andalibian re-examines her idyllic childhood in 1970s Iran, where she and her close-knit Muslim family live in a luxury hotel owned by her pious father. But their prosperous world is suddenly shattered by the violence of the Iranian revolution, and their lives are forever altered in the wake of two brutal crimes: a rape solved by Andalibian’s father, and a murder of which her beloved oldest brother stands accused.
In the ensuing fall from grace, the family is uprooted: first to London, then to California where Andalibian and her brothers suffer a different kind of revolution. Struggling to make sense of her new world in America, Andalibian realizes that, while her family is safe, they are not free from the burdens of their own secrets, lies and hidden truths.
Poignant and intimate, THE ROSE HOTEL is a story of family, healing and rebirth. Self-published to great acclaim in 2012 as a “true-life novel,” the book was acquired as a memoir in 2013 by National Geographic Books to bring Andalibian’s remarkable story to a wider audience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rahimeh Andalibian was born in Mashhad, Iran, and moved with her family to California in 1986 after the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. They lived in Orange County and she was schooled in Los Angeles. She currently resides in New York City where she is a clinical psychologist specializing in intergenerational family therapy, trauma and spectrum issues.
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THE ROSE HOTEL
National Geographic Books; May 12, 2015; 368 pages, $26; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1479-0
To request a review copy or arrange an interview with Rahimeh Andalibian, contact:
Gretchen Koss, president, director of publicity, Tandem Literary
212-629-1990 ext.1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.