The Blood of Flowers

The Blood of Flowers

Large Print - 2007
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In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great. Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant designer of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her talent flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage to a wealthy man, the young woman finds herself faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to create a new life. "Anita Amirrezvani has written a sensuous and transporting first novel filled with the colors, tastes and fragrances of life in seventeenth-century Isfahan. Her spirited young narrator must negotiate her own future in a time and place that is precarious for a woman without family or fortune. Her journey takes her outside the safe but stultifying confines of the woman's quarters and into the beautiful but often treacherous city, where she seeks her identity as a creator of dazzling carpets. Amirrezvani clearly knows and loves the ways of old Iran, and brings them to life with the cadences of a skilled story-spinner." -- Geraldine Brooks, author of March "An engrossing, enthralling tale of a girl's quest for self-determination in the fascinating other world that was seventeenth-century Iran." -- Emma Donoghue, author of Touchy Subjects and Life Mask
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780786298976
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Amirrezv Anita 11/2007
Characteristics: 601 p. (large print) ;,23 cm.


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PoMoLibrary Jul 30, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Mallee: After her father's death, a young woman is forced to work for her uncle where she becomes a talented carpet maker, thus opening a new world for her.

MariaNunn Aug 31, 2014

This book was a good read - many times I could not put it down. Very moving, poignant tale of a girl coming of age and struggling for independence and honor amongst many odds.

Aug 15, 2013

The novel is engaging and wonderful from the beginning. How the young woman made her way into her trade, faced the challenges was do engaging. One of the best I have read. Read it!

Jun 18, 2012

Excellent book that takes place in 17th century Iran. Vivid descriptions of the locale sent me to the internet for pictures. The unnamed girl (see the afterward) perserveres through all kinds of obstacles to do that which she loves--making rugs--and become a master at the craft. Very good first novel and the author's second book just came out. I'll be starting it soon.


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