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This review is from: The Blood of Flowers (Hardcover)I thoroughly enjoyed this atmospheric book from beginning to end. After years of research Ms Amirrezvani has produced a novel that more than justifies her efforts - not sure I can wait 9 yrs for a sequel though!
The unnamed narrator starts her life in a remote Iranian village, the only child of doting parents. Unfortunately the untimely death of her father leaves the family with no means of support and they are forced to call on the favours of a distant relative in order to survive.
They move to the bustling city of Isfahan, a fascinating, colourful place where carpets are a majour source of income. Our protagonist and her mother become servants to their well off relative, a renowned carpet designer. He recognises the talent and skill in his niece and teaches her many of the skills of carpet design.
Apart from the fascinating detail of the city of Isfahan and the manufacture of carpets, the book also includes ancient Iranian fables which are interwoven with the story. We also come across the sigheh, a temporary marriage contract permitted within Islam to prevent promiscuous relationships. Whilst a number of readers will have been aware of this practice, I'm sure it will be new and fascinating to many
Definitely a five star read. And in the likely absence of an immediate follow up from the author, I would like to recommend Gardens of Water by Alan Drew, whilst set in Turkey, I found this an equally compelling read.