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Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres
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Nov 12, 11

Read in October, 2011

This is a book I was recommended to read by a student-- we'd been reading the Ariadne sections of Ovid's Metamorphoses, and she suggested to me this picked up that thematic thread (pun very much intended). I read this, and the student read my favorite Persian sewing story, Marjane Satrapi's _Embroideries_.

This is a YA book, and usually I don't read YA books. And while it failed to fully grasp me with its thematic complexity or whatever, I did think it was very accomplished-- it presents a very full portrait of Persian life, and it does seem set at a real historical moment; it's not super-specific, but it is grounded in real experience and does not traffic in Orientalism or some timeless time of Arabaian life the way Thompson's Habibi does, for example.

So, the book is smart and engaging, and even though it's not a fully realized mature work, it's well worth a read.
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