Anita Amirrezvani's debut novel, The Blood of Flowers
, tells the story of a young woman in 17th-century Iran with a passion for knotting rugs. Her life is thrown into an uproar when her father dies, and she and her mother must depend on the kindness of wealthy relatives and hope that the young woman finds a wealthy husband. The Blood of Flowers
is superbly written and a moving story, sure to entrance readers.