Masks Fame Betrayal Passion by Nataly Restokian
Paperback published by Tellwell Talent
Thank you @fayerogersPr for inviting me to be part of the Masks blog tour
Masks is a dark fictional tale, based on true-life events. It narrates the adventures of a young Armenian girl born in Lebanon in the seventies. She dreams of fame and power in Lebanon and the Arab world and shows resilience and motivation beyond her years. The novel delves into the world of the protagonist, Anna, who is surrounded by social, religious, and sexual taboos. She fiercely breaks the chains to enter the world she has strived to reach, in a seemingly conservative society barely emerging from a civil war. She builds her success on her remaining values, challenging her fate and sparing no way means to attain her goals.
Not only has Anna’s family survived the Armenian genocide, but her personal history as a rape survivor and witnesses to the Lebanese civil war has left a void in her heart that she tries to fill with decadent sexual adventures.
She lives in a world where a girl is worth only her virginity, where women do not dare ask for divorce, and where the fear of retribution keeps them locked in a cage that is rarely gilded.
As fame, money and power take their toll, Anna falls in love with a stranger from Quebec after a night of secret passion. Here her many worlds clash, and if she is to be happy. Anna realizes she must remove at least one of her masks and possibly sacrifice everything.
For something a little different from my usual review, I thought I would upload what made me not only just love this story, but what made me want to read on at a fast pace.
This is the beautiful design of a masks inside.
Natalie Restokian is the granddaughter of Armenian genocide survivors and was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. After nearly two decades as an actress, journalist, and television show host in Lebanon and across the Arab world, she got married nine years ago and settled down in Quebec, Canada.