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Anahita, a nomadic weaver living in nineteenth-century Iran, is kidnapped on the eve of her wedding and thrown into the world of slavery and the mystical Sufi faith. Tinged with the fairy tale quality of her award-winning Anahita's Woven Riddle, Meghan Nuttall Sayres weaves details of Persian culture with poetry to create the story of a damsel in distress determined to save herself.

The book includes a discussion and study guide, Persian interior art, and cover art by award-winning Tehran-based artist Rashin Kheirieh.

Meghan Nuttall Sayres is a tapestry weaver who has traveled in Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia, where she has met with scholars, carpet weavers, dyemasters, and merchants to study the age-old techniques, symbolism, and Sufi poetry that infuse many rugs woven throughout the Middle East. While researching Night Letter Meghan traveled by train across the deserts of Uzbekistan to the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, plotting scenes and imagining Anahita's possible escape routes. Other books by Meghan include Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland and Daughters of the Desert: Tales of Remarkable Women From the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions (as a co-author). She is also editor of the anthology Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran. Meghan lives in Washington state.

Synopsis:

Set in Persia, Night Letter is a tale of slavery, mysticism, and a damsel in distress determined to save herself.

Synopsis:

"This fast-paced adventure is filled with tension, excitement, and a realistic sense of history. The main characters are well drawn, and both Anahitaand#8217;s independent spirit and her determination will resonate with readers. The novel is imbued with details featuring the rich and exotic rituals, dress, poetry, and customs of early-20th-century Persian and Uzbek cultures and quotes from poets such as Rumi and Omar Khayyam. Numerous Farsi wordsand#150;all explained in context and/or in the glossaryand#150;add authenticity to the tale. The novel includes a discussion guide and notes about slavery, past and present, coupled with websites indicating ways in which readers can help victims of human trafficking. Anahitaand#8217;s epic love story captures the mystique of long-ago Persia while providing a framework for exploring issues of social justice still relevant in our own times.and#8221; --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, School Library Journal

About the Author

Meghan Nuttall Sayres is a tapestry weaver who has traveled to Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East and Central Asia, where she has met with scholars, carpet weavers, dyemasters, and merchants to study the age-old techniques, symbolism, and Sufi poetry that infuse many rugs woven throughout the region. Her debut novel Anahitaand#8217;s Woven Riddle (reissued by Nortia Press in 2012) has been translated into Persian, Hebrew, and Italian. It was chosen as an American Library Association (ALA) Top Ten Best Books, an American Booksellers Association Book Sense/Indie Pick, and an ALA Amelia Bloomer Feminist Choice Book, among other awards. While researching Night Letter Meghan traveled by train across the deserts of Uzbekistan to the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, plotting scenes and imagining Anahitaand#8217;s possible escape routes. Other books by Meghan include Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland and Daughters of the Desert: Tales of Remarkable Women From the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions (co-author). She is also editor of the anthology Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran. Meghan lives in Washington State. For more information about the author and this book, including discussion guides, please visit www.meghannuttallsayres.com and www.writingandwandering.blogspot.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780984835904
Author:
Sayres, Meghan Nuttall
Publisher:
Nortia Press
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Set in Persia, Night Letter is a tale of slavery, mysticism, and a damsel in distress determined to save herself.
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"This fast-paced adventure is filled with tension, excitement, and a realistic sense of history. The main characters are well drawn, and both Anahitaand#8217;s independent spirit and her determination will resonate with readers. The novel is imbued with details featuring the rich and exotic rituals, dress, poetry, and customs of early-20th-century Persian and Uzbek cultures and quotes from poets such as Rumi and Omar Khayyam. Numerous Farsi wordsand#150;all explained in context and/or in the glossaryand#150;add authenticity to the tale. The novel includes a discussion guide and notes about slavery, past and present, coupled with websites indicating ways in which readers can help victims of human trafficking. Anahitaand#8217;s epic love story captures the mystique of long-ago Persia while providing a framework for exploring issues of social justice still relevant in our own times.and#8221; --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, School Library Journal

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