Call me Zebra / Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.
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|Brookfield Library||F/VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI (Text to phone)||34029141697846||Adult Fiction||Available||-|
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|Edith Wheeler Memorial Library - Monroe||FIC VANDERVLIETOLOOMI,A (Text to phone)||34026141102447||Adult Fiction||Available||-|
|Ridgefield Library||FIC VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI (Text to phone)||34010142091809||Adult Fiction||Available||-|
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|Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury||FIC VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI, A (Text to phone)||34005142530798||Adult Fiction||Available||-|
- ISBN: 0544944607
- ISBN: 9780544944602 (hardcover)
- ISBN: 9780544944602 : HRD
- ISBN: 0544944607 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780544944602 (hardcover)
- ISBN: 0544944607 (hardcover)
- Physical Description: 292 pages ; 24 cm
- Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
- Copyright: ©2018
"A novel following a feisty heroine's idiosyncratic quest to reclaim her past by mining the wisdom of her literary icons--even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love. Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn't fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are Zebra's only companions--until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death, and her obsession with history. He thinks she's unhinged; she thinks he's pedantic. Neither are wrong; neither can let the other go. They push and pull their way across the Mediterranean, wondering with each turn if their love, or lust, can free Zebra from her past"--Provided by publisher.
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Library Journal Review
Call Me Zebra
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Escaping persecution and destruction during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, Zebra's parents flee their home in Iran. Zebra is born while they are en route to Turkey, and her father immediately begins her education by reciting quotations of famous writers and thinkers, instilling in her a love of literature. Her family is one of readers; their family crest is inscribed with three As for autodidacts, atheists, and anarchists. Unfortunately, Zebra becomes an orphan at a relatively early age, and she begins a quixotic search for the meaning of life. Arriving in Barcelona, Spain, she meets Ludovico Bembo, with whom she has a magnetic connection. After a brief time of living together, he declares his love for her, but Zebra is unable to reciprocate. As she walks around Barcelona, whose art and architecture have special meaning for her, she soon realizes that the greatest revenge in life is to feel tremendous love and to persist and prevail. VERDICT This fierce meditation on life and love, a tour de force by self-proclaimed literary terrorist Oloomi (Fra Keeler), is one that many will read and reread.-Lisa Rohrbaugh, Leetonia -Community P.L., OH Â© Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Call Me Zebra
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She decided to call herself Zebra as she looked at the stripes cast across her father's casket by the sun. After she and her father had wandered in exile following a harrowing escape from their homeland of Iran, where a young Zebra witnessed her mother's death, they had become the world to each other. So his passing in New York has left Zebra unmoored. Raised in a highly literary family and finding meaning more in books than in the intellectual rodents whom she was taught to believe make up most of the human population, Zebra decides to retrace her exiled wanderings as preparation for writing a manifesto that will connect the threads of all the literature she has been steeped in throughout her life. This plan, however, is interrupted by a man she meets in Barcelona, who aggravates and intrigues her at the same time. Van der Vliet Oloomi's extravagant, sometimes overwrought prose, like her obsessive heroine, will not suit everyone. But for those willing to expend the effort, Call Me Zebra offers an arresting exploration of grief alongside a powder keg of a romance.--Thoreson, Bridget Copyright 2017 Booklist
Publishers Weekly Review
Call Me Zebra
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In Oloomi's rich and delightful novel (after Fra Keeler), 22-year-old Zebra is the last in a long line of "Autodidacts, Anarchists, Atheists" exiled from early '90s Iran. Years after her family's harrowing escape, alone in New York after the death of her father (her mother died in their flight to the Kurdish border), Zebra decides to revisit some of the places where she has lived in an effort to both retrace her family's dislocation and to compose a grand manifesto on the meaning of literature. Like Don Quixote, one of her favorite characters, Zebra's perception of the world (and herself) is not as it appears to others, and her narration crackles throughout with wit and absurdity. As she treks across Catalonian Spain, she journeys through books and love affairs and philosophical tousles with Ludo Bembo, her also-displaced Italian foil. Their pattern of romantic coupling and intellectual uncoupling repeats itself; more interesting are Zebra's other exploits-her strange and brilliant interpretations of art, her belief that her mother's soul has been reincarnated inside a cockatoo, and the field-trip group she takes on pilgrimages to famous sites of exile. This is a sharp and genuinely fun picaresque, employing humor and poignancy side-by-side to tell an original and memorable story. (Feb.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.