About the Book:
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (June 5, 2012)
About the Author:
Anita Amirrezvani is the author of The Blood of Flowers, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize,and a former staff writer and dance critic for theSan Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. She is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
This book is loosely based on the history of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom a woman of strength and intelligence but a woman and therefore ineligible to rule when her father dies suddenly without leaving an heir. In the fascinating tale woven by Ms. Amirrezvani Princess Pari is presented as woman favored by her father and taught all that is necessary to rule a great country.
This is as much the tale of the fictional eunuch Javaher as it is Pari’s. Javaher’s father was murdered by a high ranking courtier and he made the decision at 17 to become a eunuch so he could enter the service of the Shah and try and find who killed his father and avenge his death. Little did he know that forces beyond his control were working with AND against him to help him achieve his goals. Pari and Javaher make a strong team as they work to bring order from chaos.
I truly enjoyed this book and read it over the course of one long sitting. I found myself enthralled with the setting, the characters and the story. So many women have been lost to history and while this is fiction it is interesting to learn more about different cultures and the woman that live in them through good story telling. Woman were not allowed to rule in Pari’s time and what a loss they suffered for it seems she might have been one of Iran’s brightest stars.
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