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The Blood of Flowers (Paperback)

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If you liked the Kite Runner, you'll love this debut novel.

How far will the main character go to have a chance to weave a priceless rug?

This love story inspired by a true experience will stay with you.

— From Shannon's Picks

October 2008 Indie Next 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


Both a sweeping love story and a luminous portrait of a city, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the mesmerizing historical novel of an ill-fated young woman whose gift as a rug designer transforms her life. Illuminated with glorious detail of persian rug-making, and brilliantly bringing to life the sights sounds and life of 17th-century Isfahan, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS has captured readers' imaginations everywhere as a timeless tale of one woman's struggle to live a life of her choosing.

About the Author

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran and lives in Northern California. For ten years, she was a staff dance critic for newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has received fellowships fromt he National Arts Journalism Program, the NEA's Arts Journalism Institute for Dance, and the Hedgebrook Foundation for Women Writers. She is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316065771
ISBN-10: 0316065773
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: May 2008
Pages: 377
Language: English