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The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
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Aug 23, 2009

it was amazing

Listening to this book on my iPod was an absolute delight, both because of narrator Shohreh Aghdashloo’s mesmerizing voice and for the quality of the story itself. Set in 17th-century Persia “The Blood of Flowers” introduces readers to a nameless young woman whose life is forever changed by the appearance of a comet, which common belief signals the advent of misfortune. Within days her father dies, her marriage prospects end, and her mother and she are plunged into poverty. Eventually they take refuge with a wealthy uncle who lives in the city of Isfahan, where the young woman hopes to find a husband and develop her talents as a designer of exquisite carpets. Yet she and her mother are treated like servants in her uncle’s household, and soon she is pressured into a 3-month “marriage” contract with a wealthy horse trader that will only be renewed if she pleases him in the bedroom. The main character’s hardships are heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit and unrelenting passion will pull you deep into this story. I loved the short fables that are woven throughout the novel, which the main character tells to her mother during their darkest moments. Amirrezvani has created an intoxicating world that’s masterfully presented.

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