It’s rare that I have only good things to say about a book, but with this debut, “The Blood of Flowers” by Anita Amirrezvani, I couldn’t say enough of them. As I write at the end of my review in the San Francisco Chronicle (accompanying picture linked above [thanks!]), it’s simply stunning.

Here’s the start of the review, but to read more click on the title of this post, or here.

“Everything about Iran-born, former Northern California dance critic Anita Amirrezvani’s first novel is meticulously designed: its nine-year creation; its hypnotic cadence and considered approach to plot and characters inspired by Iranian tales and its immaculately researched historical detail, down to its unnamed narrator. It’s all crafted, as the author’s note indicates, “in tribute to the anonymous artisans of Iran.” Beginning with and framed by real and imagined Iranian and Islamic fairy tales, the novel’s form is itself homage to past raconteurs and storytelling traditions. Even before the main story is under way, it’s clear that “The Blood of Flowers” isn’t just any novel. …”