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Sky of Red Poppies [Kindle Edition]

Zohreh Ghahremani
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"For many years I have had the privilege of publishing. Ghahremani's charming, nostalgia-laced words of wisdom on the
pages of Now it's time for a broader audience to enjoy a heartfelt journey into a fascinating life."
--Jahanshah Javid,

"Ghahremani is that wonderful kind of writer who tells compelling stories in rich and lyrical language. Sky of Red Poppies
is an illustration of her mastery of both."
--Judy Reeves, author of A Writer's Book of Days

"Ghahremani understands the many conditions of the human heart... Sky of Red Poppies is a compassionate story of universal truths."
--Yvonne Nelson Perry, author of The Other Side of the Island

"Sky of Red Poppies is the moving story of relationships tested under the most stressful of human conditions, that of a repressive government. Ghahremani writes with warmth, humanity and a poet's vision."
--Claire Accomando, author of Love and Rutabaga

"Set against the backdrop of a pre-revolution Iran, Sky of Red Poppies is a poetic epic and a powerful read."
--Jonathan Yang, author of Exclusively Chloe

From the Author

I wrote this book for two main reasons: First, to let the world hear the hushed voices of those who sacrificed all they had in search of a freedom they never found. And second, as a legacy to my three American born children in hopes of answering some of their questions regarding the past four decades of Iran and the lives of their parents' generation of Iranians. Little did I know that readers nationwide would love it. 
It was the readers' support that made Sky of Red Poppies a 2012 One Book, One San Diego selection and in addition, they greeted me to more than a hundred book clubs. When asked on a radio interview, what did I think was the main reason for my book's unprecedented success, I gave my answer in a verse from Sa'adi - the thirteenth century poet of Iran, "A word that rises from one heart, will have no choice but to land in another."

Product Details

  • File Size: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Turquoise Books (June 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DYNVO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One person's opinion about Sky of Red Poppies December 31, 2010
By rafi K
I am not the most avid of readers out there, but I have read some books in my day. Amongst those were a few that really captivated my soul and Sky of Red Poppies is now amongst them. I personally enjoy the book for its scholarly integrity; the author's way of weaving poetry into a riveting story full of twists and turns. I find Ghahremani's artistry delightful and the novel's lead highly intriguing. The story itself feels very real. This is the kind of book that should become part of many a school's curriculum because it really does have so much to offer the reader on so many levels. I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to read this masterpiece.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply loved the book. February 25, 2011
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I am someone who has a very busy life. The time that I spent every night reading before I go to bed is very special to me. When I was reading SKY OF RED PUPPIES, every night, I was taken to another time( the time that I was 16-17 years old) . I love the way she wrote this book. I cried, smiled, and enjoyed the book. As simple as this. I hope whoever reads this book enjoy it as much as I did.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Work of Fiction February 20, 2011
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I love when I begin a novel and I can't put it down, yet this doesn't happen very often... at least not to me. It makes me feel like a true book worm delving into a story and then genuinely feeling it. It becomes part of me; the characters become real, and sometimes even become my friends that stay with me long after the story is over. This is Roya for me, and the Sky of Red Poppies.

I can't begin to express all of the ways I love this book and all of the delights it brought me. The imaginative language, the poetic presence, the enthralling story, and the rich characters, are all worth more than reading. They are worth befriending, and allowing into your psyche, into your own story.

I find myself thinking of the Sky of Red Poppies weeks after putting it down. There is a new meaning to the flower when I see a poppy, a feeling of connectedness and fear when I read of the current political events of the Middle East, and a newfound interest in Iranian history.

Sky of Red Poppies is an account that widens not only ones understanding of Iran, but also the breadth of emotions of ones heart. I would recommend this book to all those who would like to hear a riveting tale, or meet a charming friend whom they will not soon forget.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the sky of red poppies September 6, 2012
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The book is interesting but poorly written. The author changes subjects too abruptly and seems to rush the plot. The subject matter is interesting, I just wish the author would spend more time describing specific incidents rather than rushing onto the next idea.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Amazing Story January 7, 2011
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I have read many many novels by Iranian Americans that take place near and around the Iranian revolution. However, none has captured me as quickly as this novel. I read the entire novel in one sitting. Ms. Ghahremani does an amazing job weaving a beautiful story about two friends as they come of age in Iran during the turmoil before the revolution. Soon after reading chapter one, you instantly feel as though you are journeying with these two friends and have known them forever. This debut novel is amazing. I do not have the power of prose of Ms. Ghahremani, for this review does not do justice. I highly recommend reading this book. Sepideh M.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and grounded January 6, 2011
Sky of Red Poppies grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. I found myself staying up late to read just a few more pages, then waking in the middle of the night for just one more. The paradox of poetry and political imprisonment, friendship and betrayal, so many levels of insight and longing, it left me hungry for a sequel. This is a book I won't give away. It will remain on my shelf to recommend to and share with friends and family. Sky of Red Poppies has an honored home in my home and in my heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching coming of age story set in Iran @1960's April 21, 2012
By Newcat
Sky of Red Poppies is an easy, engaging, and touching read providing a glimpse of Persian culture set against the backdrop of Iran during the 1960's. Through Ghahremani's largely autobiographical reflections of her life growing up in Iran, readers are provided a "two-for-one" experience. One experience exposes readers to a glimpse of Persia's rich culture (both secular and not) and every day life during this period of time in Iran, while the other experience allows readers to share the journey of self-reflection: childhood naiveté/innocence; influential people later revealed to be less than what we had believed them to be; the nuances of family; and the enduring power of friendship. The author's gratitude for the live she has lived and her commitment to making a positive change is evident throughout the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strength, sorrow, joy April 15, 2011
Ms. Ghahremani's almost lyrical prose gently guides us through a story filled with sorrow and joy taking place in a strict society where a schoolgirl friendship blooms amid the changes of the people surrounding them, of shifting politics, the growing oppositionist activities and even land reforms.

Depiction of the strength of the culture, of family and the power of friendship is loud but unobtrusive in the telling of the story. This is a heartbreaking love story--love of the land, of freedom and of the people--a bittersweet novel that shouldn't be missed.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Wonderful story, so pertinent for our times, helps us understand more about Iranian history. Also loved the poetry, and the great relationship of the friends
Published 1 month ago by A. Claudia Eads, MD
4.0 out of 5 stars Good interesting coming-of-age story set in pre-revolution Iran...
Good interesting coming-of-age story set in pre-revolution Iran showing the social-economic divisions, the secular- religious divisions, and the absolute power of those in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple story of 2 friends
It was touching, enjoyed it but wouldn't read it twice, decent content and probably mostly true, took me a while to finish
Published 2 months ago by Sha
5.0 out of 5 stars We read and discussed this book for our book club ...
We read and discussed this book for our book club. Everyone agreed it is a memorable story that speaks to a time and place in Iranian history, showing the social- economic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carol izad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great book
A truly powerful read which will help people everywhere what is happening in another place. Great, great book. Very touched by it.
Published 3 months ago by colette
4.0 out of 5 stars The story moved a bit slowly until one got to ...
The story moved a bit slowly until one got to the middle of the book. Very strong and moving through the finish. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Berta Kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book
Excellent it was a very moving story. I enjoyed hearing about Iran and what went on there.
Published 5 months ago by Delores Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've borrowed from Amazon Prime
The book is well-written, hard-to-put-down, informative, even important. It's worth purchasing, but if you're looking to find a worthy book to borrow from the Amazon Prime Lending... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hannah Somers
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the pretty cover
I selected this book from my Book Shelf in the Cloud. I liked the pretty cover. I was quickly absorbed by the amazing story this book shares. Read more
Published 5 months ago by GaviotaTejana
5.0 out of 5 stars sad
This is a very moving story of two girls before and during the Iranian revolution. Sadness is due to the changes their lives take. Well written and poignant. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charlie in Austin
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More About the Author

Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani (Zoe) says she was a dentist in another life! She attended Ferdowsi University in Iran and specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at London University, England. After more than two decades of practicing in the Chicago area and teaching at Northwestern University Dental School, she moved to California to follow her passion and be a full-time writer.

Zohreh is a poet/writer both in Persian and English. Her debut novel in English, Sky of Red Poppies, was selected by San Diego Public Libraries and KPBS as a One Book, One San Diego 2012. Her sophomore novel, The Moon Daughter has just been released. Ghahremani's first book, in Persian, Shareek-e-gham/Commiserator), came out in 2000.
An immigrant, Zoe draws heavily from her Iranian-American culture in her writing. Her work has won several other awards, including first place in the California Stories (2005), San Diego Book Awards (2004), and Best Fiction at Santa Barbara Writers Conference (2004). Hundreds of her articles and short stories have appeared in US and foreign publications. She is currently a columnist for Zan Magazine. Although Sky of Red Poppies was her first novel, it is now on the reading list for many high schools and colleges. In one radio interview, the author was asked what had contributed the most to such success? She responded with the translation of an old Persian poem, "A word that rises from one heart / has no choice but to land in another."

Zohreh is a frequent public speaker, and has been featured on Voice of America, KPBS, KIRN radio in Los Angeles, and Jazz Radio in San Diego and has been invited to speak at a number of universities including University of Chicago, Georgetown University, U.C. Berkeley, San Diego State University, UCSD, San Diego City College, and San Francisco State University. In addition to speaking about her writing, Ghahremani is a motivational speaker on how to pursue your dreams, and shares the experience that helped her to reach a seemingly impossible goal.

When not writing, Zoe enjoys gardening and painting, for which she has held several shows in California. For more information please visit

To schedule a talk or arrange an interview, please contact or call 858-459-3333.

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