I am very pleased to announce that Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani is coming out in paperback tomorrow March 19, 2013! To celebrate I have two copies to give away to lucky US readers. I reviewed the book when it first came out back in June 2012 and read it in one sitting! (You can read my review of Equal of the Sun.)
About the Book:
Legendary women–from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth to Mary Queen of Scotts—changed the course of history in the royal courts of sixteenth century England, they are celebrated in history books and novels, but few people know of the powerful women in the Muslim world who formed alliances, served as key advisors to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. In Equal of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani’s gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran she brings one such woman to life, Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi.
Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protégé, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest advisor Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.
Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun is a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch. Anita Amirrezvani is a master storyteller and in her lustrous prose this rich and labyrinthine world comes to vivid life with a stunning cast of characters, passionate and brave men and women who defy or embrace their destiny in a Machiavellian game played by those who lust for power and will do anything to attain it.
About the Author:
Anita Amirrezvani is the author of The Blood of Flowers, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize,and a former staff writer and dance critic for theSan Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. She is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
You can preorder the paperback of Equal of the Sun at Amazon.com (available 3/19)
You can purchase the hardback of Equal of the Sun at Amazon.com
You can purchase the Kindle version of Equal of the Sun on Amazon.com
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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post.