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CALL ME ZEBRA by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Book Review

Call Me Zebra is award-winning young author Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi's second novel. There has been so much industry buzz about this title. It has featured in all the 'most anticipated book releases' lists and the critics have been singing its praises.

Call Me Zebra Azareen Van der Vliet OloomiCall Me Zebra Synopsis:

A novel following a feisty heroine’s quest to reclaim her past through the power of literature—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.

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Some titles in the literary genre can be challenging to read. Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi's Call Me Zebra is one of those titles. But when does the adjective 'challenging' become a weakness rather than a strength? It will depend on the reader.

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