Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Turquoise Books (July 15, 2010)
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Sky of Red Poppies begins with a casual friendship between two schoolgirls coming of age in a politically divided 1960's Iran under rule of the Shah. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be, and in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing. In the unraveling of family secrets, Roya begins to question how she was raised and how to become the person she wishes to be. Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.
"Like a picture slowly developing in the darkroom, the injustice around me became clearer with time. Forbidden thoughts grew and multiplied in my head. How many others had disappeared before her, and who would be next?"
Praise for Sky of Red Poppies:
"There are many twists and turns in Sky of Red Poppies, a book revealing a clash of cultures and abounding with intrigue, which I highly recommend." -Dennis Moore, East County Magazine
"Sky of Red Poppies walks the reader through stretches of breath-taking an thought-provoking narrative to provide answers to Iran's brilliant past and brutal present." -Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, Professor of Persian Literature and Culture, University of Maryland.
"Sky of Red Poppies takes its readers on a fascinating journey through the landscapes of Iran and provides a glimpse into a far too often overlooked side of Iranian culture and history. A must read!" -Melody Moezzi, author of "War on Error"
Zohreh K. Ghahremani says she was a dentist in another life! She studied dentistry in Iran and Pediatric Dentistry at London University, England. After more than two decades of practicing in the Chicago area and teaching at Northwestern University, she moved to California and became a full-time writer.
Zohreh is a poet/writer both in Persian and English. Her articles and short stories have appeared in US and ethnic magazines.
A long-term immigrant, she draws from her Iranian-American culture and transmits a fresh mixture to her readers. Her work has won several awards, including the 2005 California Stories and first prize at SBWC for best fiction 2004. Her second novel, The Moon Daughter, will be released in 2012, a chapter of this novel appeared in The Year In Ink/ San Diego Writer's anthology of 2009. She is now working on her third novel.
Sky of Red Poppies was selected for the 2012 One Book, One San Diego program and has already started a "Buzz" among the literary circles.At a recent radio interview, the author was asked why does she think the work of an unknown writer has drawn so much attention? To which she responded in the translation of an old Persian poem, "A word that rises from one's heart, has no choice but to settle in another."
Visit Zohreh K. Ghahremani's website for upcoming events and book talks.
Related Story:An Interview With Zohreh Ghahremani
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