In Iranian-American Amirrezvani's lushly orchestrated debut, a comet signals misfortune to the remote 17th-century Persian village where the nameless narrator lives modestly but happily with her parents, both of whom expect to see the 14-year-old married within the year. Her fascination with rug making is a pastime they indulge only for the interim, but her father's untimely death prompts the girl to travel with her mother to the city of Isfahan, where the two live as servants in the opulent home of an uncle—a wealthy rug maker to the Shah. The only marriage proposal now in the offing is a three-month renewable contract with the son of a horse trader. Teetering on poverty and shame, the girl weaves fantasies for her temporary husband's pleasure and exchanges tales with her beleaguered mother until, having mastered the art of making and selling carpets under her uncle's tutelage, she undertakes to free her mother and herself. With journalistic clarity, Amirrezvani describes how to make a carpet knot by knot, and then sell it negotiation by negotiation, guiding readers through workshops and bazaars. Sumptuous imagery and a modern sensibility (despite a preponderance of flowery language and schematic female bonding and male bullying) make this a winning debut.
Happy Birthday, Caroline, thanks for the wonderful weekend hospitality!
Alexander sitting at 6 months.
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.
They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And most importantly of all
We will be stopping here in the Maldives for 7 days before heading on to Sri Lanka in November. We have a beach bungalow on the right hand side of the island. I am really excited about the pictures that I will be able to take and the new experiences we will share.
Cindy lent me this bag on one of our thrift store adventures. I brought it back to her on her birthday filled with her gifts.
She looked quite surprised when I had returned it without a liner.
She gave me the most questioning look that said.."what's up with this naked basket?"
I took it home and made her this liner from a sheet and an April Cornell tablecloth she gave me.
She said she approved!!
As some of you know, we are planning on going to Sri Lanka for the month of November to be with Shane, Laurie and to see Alexander for the first time. We have been reading as many books as we can and getting some amazing photos from Shane as he travels the country.
We are open minded as we just want to enjoy seeing this history filled country. We will also go to visit our young Sri LankanWorld VisionChild that we have sponsored for 10 years. We want to see firsthand what our monthly donation has done for her and her village.
On the drive over to Nelson last Sunday, we rounded the corner and this was what we saw. How delightful to see a moose with twins, not a sight I have seen very often. I was able to stand up in the convertible while I got several different shots, but even this one she had already turned away to get her babies out of harms way.