Summary: 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. -- hatchette book group usa
Last summer, I read THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS by Anita Amirrezvani; and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I realize that historical fiction books are really big right now; and I guess it's because there are so many readers like me out there who like to read about exotic, far away lands. I liked reading about 17th century Persia and learing how rugs were made; however, the actual story of the girl trying to survive while staying true to herself is what I enjoyed the most.
It's been almost a year since I've read this book (so I don't feel like I can write a decent review;) however, I do remember how beautifully it was written. The descriptions of the characters and places in the novel were very vivid and seemed very real to me. At the time I read this book, I actually thought this book could be a potential book club selection for my group (once it came out in paperback.)
Good news -- THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is now available in paperback, and it includes a very interesting author's notes section, an author interview as well as a reader's guide. Seeing the new cover, which is beautiful by the way, and reading the author interview have brought back to me how much I liked this book.
Even better news -- I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader! Just leave a comment on this post before May 23rd at 11:59 EST and you will be entered to win. If you would like to double your chances, you can blog about this giveaway and leave the link in the comments section. This contest is open to US and Canadian citizens only.