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Critical Praise

"This story of one woman’s struggle to establish her own life in 17th-century Iran is as complex, intricate, and beautiful as the exquisite rugs she designs. Setting her story against the background of the dynamic city of Isfahan, Anita Amirrezvani has written a novel with a great stylistic touch that is so lush and magical in its plot and telling, it will conjure images of Scheherazade."

Bill Cusumano, Nicola’s Books (Ann Arbor, MI)

"Airplane read: a book compelling enough to make you miss take-off, and leave you surprised when you land on the runway. The Blood of Flowers is a guaranteed airplane read. Even if you’re not going anywhere!"

Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books (Wichita, KS)

"It's clear that THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS isn't just any novel.... Luxuriant language weaves together characters that who are genuine and robust, equally flawed and sympathetic, as if they really exist outside the page…. THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is simply a stunning debut."

San Francisco Chronicle

"A novel that breaks new literary ground... a mosaic of threads stitched and woven together so finely that the reader cannot help becoming transfixed!"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Stirring and surprisingly erotic… The main character is as complex and interesting as the patterns she weaves."

Library Journal