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The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

The Blood of Flowers

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January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on The Blood of Flowers...

This is one of those books that should have got a Richard and Judy or something to make sell a million copies but it was a bit too early for that. It’s miles better than the Kite Runner, I think, and it taught me so much. It’s set in 17th-century Iran and is about a young woman who becomes a rugmaker. That description doesn’t do it justice at all! It’s so fascinating, you completely believe you are there in the bazaars and courtyards of Isfahan.

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An enthralling read set in 17th century Iran with much factual detail (especially on rug making), adding a fascinating insight into the culture of a very different world. It includes Iranian legends at the close of each chapter, which adds to its charm. Telling of the journey of a young girl, whose life changes dramatically upon the death of her father, through the struggles of life into adulthood, it is certainly an impressive debut.

Comparison: Tracy Chevalier, Andrea Levy, Khaled Hosseini.

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The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

Set in seventeenth-century Iran, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the powerful and haunting story of a young girl's journey from innocence to adulthood.

A village girl's dreams of marriage end on the death of her father. Cast on the mercy of relatives in fabled Isfahan, she and her mother are reduced to servitude until she reveals a talent for designing carpets -- an invaluable skill. Hope is short-lived, for a disastrous, headstrong act results in the girl's disgrace. Caught between forces she can barely comprehend, she faces a life lived at the whim of others -- unless she is prepared to risk everything and choose a future based on her own strength and will.

tells an unforgettable story: a tale of sensuality, of the treachery of friendship, of the power of love, and of the fragile possibility of finding happiness against all odds.


'Lushly written, sensual' * Australian Women's Weekly * 'Beautifully imagined... Simply a stunning debut' * San Francisco Chronicle * 'Amirrezvani... infuses her heroine with lilting eloquence' * Washington Post * 'Sensuous and transporting...filled with the colours, tastes and fragrances of life in seventeenth-century Isfahan' * Geraldine Brooks * 'This is a journey of the soul from enslavement to freedom through the creation of the narrators own story. It exudes a vibrancy of colour and sensuousness but also draws vividly the squalor of poverty.' * Adelaide Advertiser * 'Amirrezvani weaves her own experiences into the prose: giving a sense of the country.' * Eastern Courier Messenger and City Messenger, Australia * 'I've just read the most wonderful book by Anita Amirezzvani... it is fascinating, totally original and utterly gripping. It will remain one of my favourite books' * Esther Freud, Independent on Sunday *'

About the Author

Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Iran but has lived in the USA since she was a young child. She has visited Iran many times and has been steeped in tales of Iranian life and history from an early age. The Blood of Flowers is her first novel.

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Publication date

3rd April 2008


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464 pages


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