Monday, April 9, 2012


From Libby Fischer Hellmann:

I’m delighted to announce that my 9th novel, A Bitter Veil, is now available as an e-book in print and audio. You can find it here.

It all began with a line of Persian poetry . . .

Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

Under the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Republican Guard, life becomes increasingly restricted and Anna must learn to exist in a transformed world, where none of the familiar Western rules apply. Random arrests and torture become the norm, women are required to wear hijab, and Anna discovers that she is no longer free to leave the country.

As events reach a fevered pitch, Anna realizes that nothing is as she thought, and no one can be trusted…not even her husband
Already Veil has received some stellar reviews:
"Meticulously researched, fast-paced… this political thriller will please established fans and newcomers alike." Publishers Weekly

"A tragically beautiful story … that is both subtle and vibrant… the author does an amazing job... but never sacrificing the quality of her storytelling… a bleak and heart-wrenching tale that will stick with the reader long after they finish the book." Crimespree Magazine

"Libby Hellmann's A Bitter Veil brings a lyrical, literary dimension to her writing. Readers will be fascinated by this glimpse behind the veil of Revolutionary Iran and how a young American woman deals with her Iranian husband and family." Cara Black, Author, Amy LeDuc Investigations Series

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