The Blood of Flowers

By Anita Amirrezvani; Shohreh Aghdashloo (Read by)
(Hachette Audio, Compact Disc, 9781594839122)

Publication Date: June 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“It is a feat to bring off a serious, historical novel in which the history doesn't overwhelm the human story and the human tale simply uses the history as furniture. In this most impressive, captivating debut, Amirrezvani's novel of a young woman finding her way into life in 17th-century Iran does justice to both story and history.”
-- Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA


Description

At the age of fourteen, a young woman in 17th-century Persia believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, collapsing in the field where he works with the other men from their village, there is no hope for a dowry. Alone and penniless, she and her grieving mother are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven,meant, of course, for her married life, to pay for their journey to Isfahan. There they will work as servants for her uncle Gostaham, a rich rug designer in the court of the Shah, and be lorded over by Gostaham's wife. Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant weaver of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her artistic gift flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage with a man who will never take her as his first wife, the young woman is faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to maintain it. Amirrezvani infuses her story with lush detail, brilliantly bringing to life the sights sounds and life of 17th-century Isfahan: The dazzling architecture; the exotic Persian foods; the breathtakingly beautiful rugs. A sweeping love story, a powerful coming-of-age story, and a luminous portrait of a city, this is a universal tale of one woman's struggle to live a life of her choosing.




About the Author

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco. For ten years, she was a dance critic for newspapers in the Bay Area. She has received fellowships from the National Arts Journalism Program, the NEA's Arts Journalism Institute for Dance, and the Hedgebrook Foundation for Women Writers. Amirrezvani is a student in the MFA program in fiction at San Francisco State University.




Praise For The Blood of Flowers

In a low, lush, Persian-petaled voice worthy of Scheherazade, reader Shohreh Aghdashloo takes us into the exotic world Amirrezvani has created.
-Book Page

There is no better narrator for this exotic story than Aghdashloo, whose gorgeously accented English and mellifluous timbre match the novel's lush language and style. Set in seventeenth-century Persia and filled with drama and poetic description, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS will attract a variety of listeners who will be enchanted by Aghdashloo's performance. Listeners who crave a work of historical fiction or an inspirational story of an individual crafting her own independent life will appreciate this fascinating work. Aghdashloo's smooth tones inspire close listening to the author's prose. Those who are so inspired will appreciate the text for its imagery and beauty, as well its intriguing family saga.
-AudioFile Magazine

Aghdashloo is the perect reader. Her deep, throaty, ageless voice with its Middle Eastern accent accurately captures the books tone and flavor. Highly recommended for teens and adults who enjoy historical fiction and those particularly interested in fiction that portrays the realistic life of courageous women in other countries and other times.
-KLIATT

Aghdashloo is the perect reader. Her deep, throaty, ageless voice with its Middle Eastern accent accurately captures the books tone and flavor. Highly recommended for teens and adults who enjoy historical fiction and those particularly interested in fiction that portrays the realistic life of courageous women in other countries and other times.
-KLIATT

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