“38th” Review and comments

  1. Hello dear Laleh,
    I have just finished reading your book. Actually, I read it 2 times.
    While a relatively short novel, the story is rich in meaning. And it takes time to process the fates of the main character and her family.
    It’s easy for others to say “what a terrible fate” or “what horrible parents.”
    But we must remember: this can (and does) happen to anyone, at any time. In any country or region.
    As a woman, I was painfully reminded of how all women must overcome many challenges in some form or another.
    It also forces us to question ourselves “what is a truly civilized society?”
    Therefore, I hope others who read this powerful story will not be so quick to judge the characters.
    Instead, it gives us the opportunity to re-examine our own values, and ask ourselves “does my good intention unintentionally (or intentionally) hurt another human being?”
    Sometimes, even the best intentions can deliver terrible results.
    Thank you for sharing such a private story, and allowing your readers to join the journey.
    Best wishes,

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  1. The Excerpts are intriguing.. Checked on Amazon.. Good luck and wishes for many more novels to come 🙂

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  2. Beautiful picture of you Laleh. Keep shining!

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  3. I was struck by the wish expressed in the review that people “will not be so quick to judge”. I haven’t read your book but if it causes others to put themselves in the shoes, as it were, of others then it has done what good writing should always do. 🙂

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  4. that’s a great review, Layal. I wish you great luck with your book.

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