Sky of Red Poppies - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry Zohreh Ghahremani

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Sky of Red Poppies - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry  by  Zohreh Ghahremani

Sky of Red Poppies - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry by Zohreh Ghahremani
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Sky of Red Poppies No one ever told me I would remember the hands that sculpted me or that words could be carved into my soul. Now, decades later, I reminisce, sometimes with affection but often not. It is the flexibility that I miss the most aboutMoreSky of Red Poppies No one ever told me I would remember the hands that sculpted me or that words could be carved into my soul.

Now, decades later, I reminisce, sometimes with affection but often not. It is the flexibility that I miss the most about my childhood. It is the remembrance of that innocence which helps me to forgive myself for who I have become. Sky of Red Poppies begins with an unusual friendship between two young women coming of age in a politically divided 1960s Iran under rule of the Shah.

As the story unfolds, the history and culture of their homeland takes on a life of its own. IRAN in 1968 is a paradox of poetry and a police state. ROYA, the daughter of an influential man, is a well-behaved student, who is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate, Shireen, but Shireen has secrets of her own.

In the unraveling of family secrets, Roya begins to question how she was raised and how to become the person she wishes to be. Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendship. The poppy, in its simple, yet dangerous nature, is the perfect metaphor.

From the first moment when it brings the girls together down to Pedars addiction to opium, the poppy embodies the entire nation of Iran, its survival offering hope that they, too, may survive. Sky of Red Poppies is the tale of a nation forced to let go of its profound identity- it is the hushed voice that more than ever before needs to be heard.



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