Call Me Zebra

Call Me Zebra Review

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.

Title:Call Me Zebra
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Audacia Ray

    Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her family’s “treasured roles” of Autodidacts, Anarc...

  • Vivek Tejuja

    Once in a while, there comes a book that infuses literature and life so brilliantly that you can’t help but reread it the minute you are done with it. That is what happened to me when I just finishe...

  • Laura

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/bo......

  • Will

    3.5, rounded down. I find this one a tricky one to review. Van der Vliet Oloomi is a talented writer and I think she may very well be a genius - if not a genius, certainly incredibly whip smart and we...

  • Ivana

    Why it got 2 ⭐:⭐ For moments like this."What path leads to freedom? I asked. Any vein in your body, I answered..."⭐ For the sheer bliss that came over me when I got to read the protagonist expou...

  • Stacia

    Can't decide if this is amazing & intelligent literature (it definitely is, in parts) or if it's too precocious for its own good. Feeling fizzled out on reading this one because the irritation is over...

  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com

    Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is a novel from this award winning author. This is the author’s second novel.Zebra is a 22 year old woman, born in Iran to a family who took refuge in l...

  • Emily

    Pretentious writing style obscured what would otherwise have been a really touching story about a young woman coping with tragedy and growing up. Currently, I prefer to read authors who can communicat...

  • Judy

    I don't imagine this novel is for everyone but I devoured it. I had never heard of it but it came to me in the mail from my subscription to The Nervous Breakdown Book Club as the March selection. The...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate

    3.5 stars. Review to come ...