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Sky of Red Poppies Paperback – July 15, 2010
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"A book revealing a clash of cultures and abounding with intrigue, which I highly recommend." --East County Magazine
"Sky of Red Poppies takes its readers on a fascinating journey through the landscapes of Iran. A must read!" --Melody Moezzi, NPR commentator and author of War on Error
Nominated finalist for KPBS's One Book One San Diego 2011
The overwhelming support of readers has made Sky of Red Poppies a 2012 selection for One Book, One San Diego.
Finalist in Benjamin Franklin Awards, cover, fiction.
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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.Her love of literature never left her and throughout her life, she continued to write both poetry and prose. After more than two decades of running her private practice 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. Ghahremani's first book, in Persian, Shareek-e-gham/Commiserator, came out in 2000 and to this date is used as a reference in how to deal with grief. Her debut novel in English, Sky of Red Poppies, was selected by San Diego Public Libraries, KPBS, and San Diego State University as a 2012 One Book, One San Diego. Her sophomore novel, The Moon Daughter was released in 2013 and won the San Diego Book Awards for best fiction.
Ghahremani's work has also appeared in several anthologies including Tremors,Themes, A Year in Ink, The Poetry of IranianWomen, and more. Over 200 of her essays and short stories have appeared in several publications both in Persian and English. She was a columnist for Zan Magazine. An immigrant, Zoe draws heavily from her Iranian-American culture in her writing. Her work has won several awards, including:
- First place in the California Stories (2005)
- San Diego Book Awards (2004), in short stories category
- Best Fiction at Santa Barbara Writers Conference (2004)
- One Book, One San Diego 2012
- San Diego Book Awards 2013
Sky of Red Poppies has been translated to French and Persian. Un Ciel de Coquelicots continues to do well throughout France and in Canada. The Persian translation is about to be launched in San Diego.
Although Sky of Red Poppies was a first novel, it is now on the reading list of 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 a verse from Sa'adi, the 13th century poet of Persia, "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. She has spoken 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 discussions about her writing, Ghahremani is a motivational speaker on how to pursue your dreams, and she openly 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 www.zoeghahremani.com
To schedule a talk or arrange an interview, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 858-459-3333.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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Delicately written, lightly handles a difficult topic but delivers strong characters that stay with you long after the reading. Great.Published 2 days ago by Philile Nxumalo
This book was selected to be read and discussed by our book club and as soon as I turned the first page, I was transported back to a time I remembered as being a highly volatile... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SueJ
I wanted to like this as I am interested in learning about the history of Iran, but could not finish it. Very simplistic writing, two dimensional characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Colette F
Well written, intriguing story of 1960's Iran from a schoolgirl's point of view. This book will make you think.Published 6 months ago by Tamara
What a wonderful book! The author shared her family, friends and experience in such a way - I could picture the character, their emotions, and surroundings, so real. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hshoppefr
This is an amazing book. It is told by a young girl growing up in a politically divided 1960s Iran. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. N. Gruel
I loved reading about the author's experience of growing up in Iran and how things changed politically. It was very educational. I thought the book was well written, as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kasey
Very interesting and excellently written. The only reason I did not give this a five star is because I preferred her other book, "Moon Daughter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Niki Thorsen
The story of this friendship draws you in. I wasn't able to put it down! The author paints a beautiful yet painful picture of life in Iran.Published 8 months ago by Michelle Davidson