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The Blood of Flowers: A Novel

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Shohreh Aghdashloo

13 Hours 30 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

June 2007

Audio Book Summary

A sensuous and richly-imagined historical novel that centers on a skilled young carpet weaver, her arranged marriage, and her quest for self-determination in 17th-century Persia.

In 17th-century Iran, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant designer of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her talent flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage to a wealthy man, the young woman finds herself faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to create a new life.

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  • Suzanne G.

    Loved the story. Did not care for the voice of the narrator.

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  • Lora S.

    Great book. Interesting story, not too predictable. Believable. I listened to it whenever I could sneak a few minutes in, because I wanted to know what was happening.

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  • Veronica

    I could not stop listening to this story. I love the history of the middle east women and am always amazed how they succeed despite their cultural status and limited opportunities. The main character in this book is inspiring and the folk tales woven throughout the story speak to both your heart and mind - even in our modern society.

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