Monday, June 5, 2023

La vie, According to Rose by Lauren Parvizi


A heartfelt novel about self-discovery, grief, and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to start over.

Rose Zadeh pleases everyone, except herself. Memories of her late Iranian-immigrant father, who valued hard work and family, keep Rose in a dead-end job as a Silicon Valley copywriter, and tethered to her guilt-trippy mom and needy sisters. As much as it would disappoint her father, Rose needs an escape. Voilà! A mandated vacation gives her the chance. Three weeks on a long-dreamed-of trip to the City of Light.

Instead of landing in a Parisian fairy tale, Rose falls under the spell of a charming and possibly dangerous expat and encounters an old family friend keeping a surprising secret. With the aid of a French self-help guru, Rose really believes she’s blossoming. Until an unwelcome reminder of home proves that finding herself will require more than a change of scenery.

From Paris’s cobblestone streets to Provence’s sun-soaked hills, Rose embarks on a journey of adventure, betrayals, and even amour. For the first time, the directions she follows are up to her.

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Lauren Parvizi worked for more than a decade as a digital editor and writer, including a stint as a love and relationship columnist, and earned an MFA from San Francisco State University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Find her online at

My Thoughts...
I am always in need of some time alone, so this book was right up my alley. I couldn't stop reading it. This might be one to add to your reading list. I think most people will enjoy it.
4 stars from this reader.
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