'I've just read the most wonderful book by Anita Amirezzvani... it is fascinating, totally original and utterly gripping. It will remain one of my favourite books'
'Amirrezvani weaves her own experiences into the prose: giving a sense of the country.'
'This is a journey of the soul from enslavement to freedom through the creation of the narrators own story. It exudes a vibrancy of colour and sensuousness but also draws vividly the squalor of poverty.'
'Sensuous and transporting...filled with the colours, tastes and fragrances of life in seventeenth-century Isfahan'
'Amirrezvani... infuses her heroine with lilting eloquence'
'Beautifully imagined... Simply a stunning debut'
'Lushly written, sensual'