Tuesday 10 June 2008

Historical Fiction

Finished June 7
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
This story takes place in 17th century Iran. The main character who tells the story begins her story at the age of fourteen. She lives in a small village with her parents, and is an only child. When her father dies suddenly, she and her mother struggle to survive, but end up appealing to her father's half-brother Gostaham in Isfahan, who agrees to take them in. As she and her mother live in Gostaham's household, they must adjust to the ways of the household as well as their own precarious situation. She no longer has any money for a dowry and must consider alternatives for her future. Gostaham is impressed by her interest in carpetmaking, his profession and her natural talent for design, but laments that she is not a boy so he could take her on as an apprentice. The main character grows in knowledge and this is a coming-of-age novel in a historical setting.

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