Roseheart, by Catherine Dehdashti is a story about family, set in the 1990s, and told through the sardonic voice of Valerie Kjos. She’s a young Midwestern Gen X’er whose life is just barely coming together with her boyfriend when his Iranian mother, Goli, comes for a visit that seems to never end.
Valerie will have to decide what’s more important to her—doing everything her own way, or her beloved Naveed with his live-in mother, who might not approve if she knew everything about her. But as she’s about to learn, Goli has secrets of her own.
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On writing of Roseheart
Catherine Dehdashti began gathering material for this story more than ten years ago. In 2004, Minnesota author Carol Bly read an early version and responded, “This ms is full of energy…You have a kind of tail flip to your style that is really good.” Ms. Bly also gave her some constructive criticism. She took her advice and kept writing until she completed the 304-page novel published by Causy Taylor Literary Publishing.
Roseheart is meant to be enjoyed as literary, new adult, or upmarket women’s fiction, similar to Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding; Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas; or Welcome to My Planet: Where English is Sometimes Spoken, by Shannon Olson. The culinary imagery in Roseheart has also drawn connections to The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber.