The Blood of Flowers

The Blood of Flowers

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
After her father dies without leaving her with a dowry, a seventeenth-century Persian teen becomes a servant to her wealthy rug designer uncle in the court of Shah Abbas the Great, where her weaving talents prove both a blessing and curse.

Blackwell North Amer
In Persia, in the seventeenth century, a young woman is forced to leave behind the life she knows and move to a new city. Her father's unexpected death has upended everything - her expectation of marriage, her plans for the future - and cast her and her mother upon the mercy of relatives in the fabled city of Isfahan.
Her uncle is a wealthy designer of carpets for the Shah's court, and the young woman is instantly drawn to his workshop. She takes in everything - the dyes, the yarns, the meanings of the thousand ancient patterns - and quickly begins designing carpets herself. This is men's work, but her uncle recognizes both her passion and her talent and allows her secretly to cross that line.
But then a single disastrous, headstrong act threatens her very existence and casts her and her mother into an even more desperate situation. She is forced into an untenable form of marriage, a marriage contract renewable monthly, for a fee, to a wealthy businessman. Caught between forces she can barely comprehend, she knows only that she must act on her own, risking everything, or face a life lived at the whim of others.

Hachette Book Group
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...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

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Anticipating an arranged marriage only to discover that her father has passed away without leaving her with a dowry, a seventeenth-century Persian teen becomes a servant to her wealthy rug designer uncle in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great, where her weaving talents prove both a blessing and curse. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316065764
0316065765
Branch Call Number: FICTION AMIRREZVANI
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 25 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.

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stevie22
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!

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lpreston214
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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