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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

Finalist in the 2011 San Diego Book Awards


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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Like a picture slowly developing in the darkroom, the injustice around me became clearer with time. Forbidden thoughts grew and multiplied in my head. How many others had disappeared before her, and who would be next?
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Turquoise Books (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984571604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984571604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 zoeg2010@gmail.com or call her at 858-459-3333.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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