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Butterfly Stitching [Kindle Edition]

Shermin Kruse
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Terrifying Iranian secret police. An inspiring forbidden love. And the horrors of war. Butterfly Stitching weaves a stunning tapestry of the lives of Sahar and Samira, daughter and mother. And through the strength, beauty and imagination of these remarkable women, reveals Iran herself.

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  • File Size: 1986 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Water Bird Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K1U71YM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Novel May 5, 2014
Shermin Kruse has written a beautiful novel about religious freedom. As a muslim woman myself, I abhor the idea of forcing my religion (or any religion) on to anyone. Kruse's novel does an amazing job of portraying the way Islam (or any religion) can be improperly misused by those in power to oppress a population. I very much appreciated how the author heavily criticized religious oppression but portrayed Islam itself as it is practiced by many of its believers beautifully. This is masterfully shown in one of the scenes where Samira is meditating to prayer and loses herself to the pure love of God.

My favorite part of the book is the romance between Samira and Armin and how they get carried away in their adulterous relationship.

This novel should definitely be one of Oprah's picks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars page-turner - a must read May 2, 2014
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I was swept away to a land of mystery, excitement, and intrigue with the backdrop of a unique culture, rituals, and rules that may seem so foreign to us but have become a daily routine for people who live in Iran. I felt I was right there, where action was happening, and could feel, smell and touch my surroundings. This is truly a mesmerizing book that you will not be able to put down. Characters, locations, and their experiences will stay with you for a long time to come. I highly recommend this wonderful book to anyone who wants to discover a truly talented author and an unforgettable story of love and perseverance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! May 1, 2014
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Butterfly Stitching is a simply stunning novel and a beautifully written, in depth account of what it means to be a woman growing up and maturing in Iran.

Touching, profound and at times shocking, you cannot fail to be moved by Butterfly Stitching and I cannot recommend it highly enough – the stories of Sahar and Samira will stay with me for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why you should read this book . . . May 26, 2014
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Good things tend to happen when very creative, very intelligent people dig deep within themselves and share their most intimate truths--not as some therapeutic exercise, but as structure for an artistic adventure.

And so it is perhaps not so surprising that Butterfly Stitching is very, very good. Exceptional, in fact.

It does and doesn't matter that this story takes place mostly in Iran, and powerfully explores the realities of three generations of Persians in a time of great upheaval. As compelling as the context is, the true power of Ms. Kruse's storytelling and her prose lies in exposing core truths--of the power of family, of love, and of the limits of integrity. The context and story are themselves captivating, no doubt, But ultimately it is the way her unique characters interact and live their lives--the choices they make and the joys and sorrows they experience--that opens our minds and our hearts, and leaves the reader so much the richer for having picked up this book.

One thing more: as a man, I have rarely read a work so feminine (and feminist) and yet so accessible to me. I could hardly put this book down. If you will pardon the metaphor, the lead character not only discards the veil (hejab) before and after leaving Iran, but Ms. Kruse has lowered a bit that more universal veil that clouds our understanding of women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! June 3, 2014
This incredibly moving story of the intimate lives of a mother and daughter, separate but entwined, was a well-plotted and well-written book. It is set over multiple time periods and places, mostly in Iran, all vividly depicted, and the author uses great care to artfully weave together their stories. I was especially impressed with the great care with which the author examines the depths of humanity and exhibits her political passions (artfully and largely through art!) in this first novel. In addition to being an engaging read by virtue of the great character development and terrifyingly real situations abroad, it certainly made me reflect on the infinite number of personal freedoms I take for granted as an American woman. I laughed, I cried, and am excited to read more by this author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivatingly beautiful. May 1, 2014
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I could not put this book down. It is a gorgeous modern epic, unfolding stories of three generations of women in an Iranian family, through cultural and government oppression, forced marriages, secret passions, courageous escapes. Despite the dramatic differences in the worlds in which they live, the common thread remains -- always keeping alive a deep strength and sense of joy, hope and love passed from daughter to daughter. Richly visual in its descriptions of a time and place unknown to most of us, it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Butterfly Stiching's plot is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end, with plenty of surprises even up to the final page!

Not since Kite Runner have I read a more believeable account of life in a culture so foreign to our own. Kruse effectively bridges the divide, delivering the reader enhanced understanding along with thorough entertainment.

Most of all, it's shocking to me this is a first novel! I can't wait to read Shermin's next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Brava! May 7, 2014
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It's the rare writer who can tell a story authentically and honestly while covering such an intense, important and down-right difficult topic as an epic and tortuous cultural revolution. Shermin has done this, eloquently and elegantly in her own way and style and has no doubt inspired others with this impactful first masterwork of revolution and revelation. It's a must read and, likewise, a must have before it is on to its next edition and screen play. Brava!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Couldn't put it down
Great Book! Couldn't put it down.
Published 11 days ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing novel, a real page turner!!!
Just finished this book...its so lovely! Brought tears to my eyes more than a few times. This very well thought out book is more than a love story, it eloquently describes the rich... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Olena13k
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and haunting...
Kruse's highly stylized but readable prose tells the amazing story of a world many people have only encountered through the news media. Read more
Published 25 days ago by glen moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Generational story of one Iranian family's decisions, journeys,
memories and reunions through the many conflicts in Iran.
Wonderfully written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dayna Woodbury
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend reading Butterfly Stitching. Truly.
I truly loved reading Butterfly Stitching. Shermin Kruse’s writing is poetic. Her words are just so visual: you can’t help but picture a vivid image when reading her writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Bohensky
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Read!
Enthralling read. Stirs the senses with intoxicating descriptions of Iran and all her spoils. Without doubt, an immensely readable book that is such an important story for our time... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the sensitive person.
This was too gruesome for me to finish.
Published 2 months ago by Susan V. Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars and a story that personalizes the history of Iran - a very good read.
Strong, likable protagonist, and a story that personalizes the history of Iran - a very good read.
Published 3 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars poignant
Sherman Kruse paints a very vivid picture of the culture, the people, and their stories. The book brings out Samira's struggles as a young girl and her love of life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by oneroze
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
I truly enjoyed reading this amazing book butterfly stitches I felt that I was there with you. I wanted to keep reading and was saddened when the amazing book ended. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rima Bawab
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More About the Author

Shermin Kruse is the epitome of a global renaissance woman. Having lived several life times throughout the globe, as a child in Iran, a teenager in Canada, and a lawyer in the United States, this poet, mother, painter, model, photographer, and human rights advocate, finally found her true home in Chicago. Through it all, her truest gift was writing and telling stories. And so she now unveils Butterfly Stitching, her stunning debut novel, a gripping tale of oppression and redemption, obsession and love, and loss and authenticity.

Kruse began writing poetry as a child in Iran, where she lived in the midst of a bloody war with neighboring Iraq and under the control of Iran's post-revolutionary secret police. After a childhood spent dodging rockets and the morality police, her family immigrated with little more than a few suitcases. Post immigration, Kruse rose in the ranks of the professional world. She obtained her law degree from the prestigious University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, and partnered at the top tier Chicago firm of Barack Ferrazzano at a very young age. An ardent supporter of the arts, and passionate about peace between the nation of her birth (Iran) and the one of her citizenship and allegiance (the United States), Kruse co-founded and currently serves as a director of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Organization, an entity committed to promoting peace between the two nations through the arts. She also fell in love with an American man, and together they have three Iranian-American children.

Besides her contributions to the artistic and literary world, Kruse is also an advice columnist for Chicago Lawyer and authors scholarly legal articles. In addition, Kruse works with a number of pro bono entities in both civil and criminal cases, and is a frequent speaker on foreign policy issues.

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