"An engrossing, enthralling tale of a girl's quest for self-determination in the fascinating other world that was seventeenth-century Iran."—Emma Donoghue, author of Room and The Wonder
"Anita Amirrezvani has written a sensuous and transporting first novel filled with the colors, tastes and fragrances of life in seventeenth-century Isfahan...Amirrezvani clearly knows and loves the ways of old Iran, and brings them to life with the cadences of a skilled story-spinner."—Geraldine Brooks, author of March
"Hypnotic....A beautifully imagined tale....Simply a stunning debut."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Amirrezvani skillfully threads culture, romance, and art into an elegant tale of self-realization and empowerment."
"An intricate, sumptuous tale."
"This debut novel is every bit as lush, sensual, and detailed as the rugs that provided its inspiration for the talented author."
"Enchanting....A passion-filled, exotic delight....A beautiful tale of love,
loyalty, friendship, and family....What an achievement."