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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 (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is an amazing book. It is told by a young girl growing up in a politically divided 1960s Iran. It is the story of an unusual, and life long friendship between two young women, one wealthy, one not so much. Each character in the novel is richly developed. It is a page turner, and one you won't want to put down. Although it is a novel, it is based on truth, and is very informative about a time and place we do not typically know much about. Our book club loved the book!
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This novel gave me an interesting history lesson of those times in Iran. I had a friend who lived through it before she emigrated to Canada - it came very close to what little she had revealed to me. I felt I got to know the characters well and could not put the book down. This family's father could not face his eroding role as was happening with many other wealthy heads of families, of community and government leaders. Their authority was being questioned. The novel is also a lovely love story but not too saccharine - I truly enjoyed it. I wish the novel had continued into the later aspects of the family's (what was left of it) and the country's struggles. I highly recommend it as a good read while being informative at the same time.
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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 was looking for something different and unusual to read in between my obligations, and this story ticked off all of the boxes. Written as a novel, it felt more like a memoir written years after the experiences detailed within. What emerges is a love letter to the memories of an Iran long passed, the final years in the 1970's before the Shah's ouster and the new regime took over.

The novel reads as a first person detailing of events experienced by Roya, a young teenage girl. From her earliest exposures to the `radical' in her school, a more secularized girl's academy, a literature teacher encourages his students in dissent literature and poetry: playing to the Persian love of that literary form. Interwoven with hushed voices, secrets and secret police the story manages to present and detail a portrait of an Iran as seen by a privileged and non-religious family.

The overwhelming sense I had on completing this story was one of fond memories. It would be impossible to ignore the atrocities that were spoken of within the story, but there is that sense of the author's regard for the country she knew as a child, and the people who formed her best memories. And it does read much like a letter to a flawed and often disagreeable lover, where you can celebrate the good and still manage to accept the reality of the bad.

Beautifully written with a depth of characterization that matures as the narrator ages, this book manages to enlighten as it entertains. The author states that she wished to answer questions for her American born children about the country of her birth, far different and more complex than the pariah that current news items in America would have you believe. In doing so, I believe she has succeeded in providing a book that makes her version of Iran accessible and easy to relate to with her wonderful prose.
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