The Blood of Flowers: A Novel by Anita Amirrezvani

By Anita Amirrezvani

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old lady believes she is going to be married in the yr. but if her liked father dies, she and her mom locate themselves by myself and with no dowry. With nowhere else to move, they're pressured to promote the bright turquoise rug the younger girl has woven to pay for his or her trip to Isfahan, the place they are going to paintings as servants for her uncle, a wealthy rug clothier within the courtroom of the mythical Shah Abbas the Great.
Despite her lowly station, the younger girl blossoms as a super clothier of carpets, a rarity in a craft ruled by means of males. yet whereas her expertise thrives, her customers for a cheerful marriage develop dim. compelled right into a mystery marriage to
a filthy rich guy, the younger lady reveals herself confronted with a frightening determination: forsake her personal dignity, or threat every thing she has for you to create a brand new life.

"Anita Amirrezvani has written a sensuous and transporting first novel full of the colours, tastes and fragrances of lifestyles in seventeenth-century Isfahan...Amirrezvani in actual fact is aware and loves the methods of previous Iran, and brings them to existence with the cadences of a talented story-spinner." -- Geraldine Brooks, writer of March

"An engrossing, mesmerizing story of a girl's quest for self-determination within the attention-grabbing different global that used to be seventeenth-century Iran." -- Emma Donoghue, writer of Touchy Subjects and Life Mask

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By Anita Amirrezvani

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old lady believes she is going to be married in the yr. but if her liked father dies, she and her mom locate themselves by myself and with no dowry. With nowhere else to move, they're pressured to promote the bright turquoise rug the younger girl has woven to pay for his or her trip to Isfahan, the place they are going to paintings as servants for her uncle, a wealthy rug clothier within the courtroom of the mythical Shah Abbas the Great.
Despite her lowly station, the younger girl blossoms as a super clothier of carpets, a rarity in a craft ruled by means of males. yet whereas her expertise thrives, her customers for a cheerful marriage develop dim. compelled right into a mystery marriage to
a filthy rich guy, the younger lady reveals herself confronted with a frightening determination: forsake her personal dignity, or threat every thing she has for you to create a brand new life.

"Anita Amirrezvani has written a sensuous and transporting first novel full of the colours, tastes and fragrances of lifestyles in seventeenth-century Isfahan...Amirrezvani in actual fact is aware and loves the methods of previous Iran, and brings them to existence with the cadences of a talented story-spinner." -- Geraldine Brooks, writer of March

"An engrossing, mesmerizing story of a girl's quest for self-determination within the attention-grabbing different global that used to be seventeenth-century Iran." -- Emma Donoghue, writer of Touchy Subjects and Life Mask

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V On the first day of every month, unless it was Sunday, the businesslike Robert Budd dictated a letter to his son—a good, satisfying letter telling about the family and the business, and never failing to include some advice to the boy about taking care of himself, and learning to spend money wisely, and not letting women get too much hold on him. Lanny had saved these communications over a period of years, and if he had published them, judiciously expurgated, they might have made a New England equivalent of the letters of Lord Chesterfield.

They were just completing a Mediterranean cruise, and with them was their niece, Miss Nellie Wagstaffe.

It was his genius which was being cultivated; it was his taste which set the standards. Beauty didn’t really know anything about music, except for dancing. She liked pretty tunes, but didn’t know why everything had to become so complicated and so noisy. But that was the way Kurt liked it, and that was the way he had it. Now here was another kind of genius, another strange and bewildering art; Beauty listened, and it seemed to her a chaos of sound, going on without any discoverable reason for either starting or stopping.

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