Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review: The Walk-In Closet by Abdi Nazemian

I did receive a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book: (from
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?
My Review:
I loved having an inside look at a wealthy Persian family. I personally do not know anything about Persian culture so reading this book gave me (hopefully) a little insight. Bobby is every girl's best gay friend! I'm not really a fan of how Kara came across throughout the book. I wanted a stronger female character. All in all, I did like the book. It did take a couple of chapters to pull me in, but once it did, I was enthralled. If you're looking for a little comedic informative fictional book, try this one! I would rate this book as 3 out of 5 stars!
About the Author:
Abdi Nazemian spent his childhood in a series of glamorous locations (Tehran, Paris, Toronto, New York) but could usually be found in his bedroom watching old movies and reading comic books. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his two children and his dog, Hedy Lamarr, who invented the cell phone in her past life.
Abdi has co-written three films: THE QUIET (Sony Pictures Classics, 2006), CELESTE IN THE CITY (ABC Family, 2004), and BEAUTIFUL GIRL (ABC FAMILY, 2003). He also wrote, directed and produced the short film REVOLUTION (2012). He is proud to say his words have been spoken by the likes of Carmela Soprano and The Nanny.
Abdi’s first novel, The Walk-In Closet, was just released by Curtis Brown Unlimited. It has received the 2014 International Book Award for Best Gay Fiction, and was a 2014 Indie Book Award Finalist for Best Multicultural Fiction.
Abdi is not the inspiration for Madonna’s children’s book “The Adventures of Abdi,” though the illustrations do look suspiciously like him.
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