The Rose Hotel: True-Life Novel

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A country in chaos and a family torn asunder... In the midst of the upheaval and violence of Iran's 1979 revolution, a young girl struggles to make sense of a complex swirl of mystery and change. In the novel, The Rose Hotel, Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian tells the true-life story of her Iranian Muslim family and two brutal crimes - one that her father solved and another of which her brother is accused. The Iranian-born author takes us first into the early intimacy of her pious family as they lived in prosperity in their luxury hotel in Mashhad, Iran. Their life of beauty and tranquility is ruptured by revolution, followed by a fall from grace, as her homeland is forever altered and her family is uprooted, first to London, and finally to California, where they suffer a different kind of revolution. Struggling to acculturate and adjust to a new host culture in America, they soon discover that although they escaped Iran, they were not free from their own lies and hidden truths. Heartbreaking and intimately told, The Rose Hotel is a story of healing, rebirth after tragedy, and hard-won redemption.

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For the past 14 years, Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian (Dr. A) has worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in Laguna Beach, California, and New York City, conducting intergenerational family therapy sessions with individuals, children, couples, and families. She has opened and operated a social entrepreneurial venture bringing the latest neuroscience applications to learning and brain fitness, and coached individuals, executives, and companies. Dr. A strives to support others in understanding their suffering, learning to rest in their well-being in the midst of life’s storms, and living with the clarity to create positive change in themselves and the world. Dr. A is currently working on producing plays that weave together the life stories of others in order to create a collective emotional journey. Her hope is that her work will provide individuals with the tools to attain freedom from the past and the ability to live lives filled with gratitude, compassion, and contribution.

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"[In] this brave, beautifully written memoir... [Andalibian] sharply addresses topics relating to religious and political repression, profiling, and childhood trauma, while skillfully crafting an insightful, passionate immigrant’s story with cross-cultural resonance." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A powerful and uplifting memoir of tragedy and healing." --Kirkus Review

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