The Blood of Flowers is a powerful and lyrical debut novel set in 17th century Iran. Describing one young girl's troubled journey from childhood to womanhood, it interweaves ancient folk tales with the narrative to paint a vivid portrait of Iranian culture, as well as addressing the universal themes of maturity, sensuality and family relationships. In the words of one Waterstones.com reviewer:
"The Blood of Flowers is a sweeping, extravagant and sexy tale brought to life by gorgeous descriptions of the scenery and architecture, the bazaars and market stalls, the food and the drink, the hand-knotted carpets and the factories in which they are made"
If you've already read the book, we'd love to hear your opinions on it. If not, why not pick up a copy today and join the discussion later?
Does Anita Amirrezvani create a convincing portrayal of the teenage psyche?
Did you empathise with the strong female characters in the novel? How do you feel they coped with the restrictions of patriarchal society?
What impressions of Iranian life and culture did the book give you?
How do you think the use of folk tales added to the book's narrative structure?