Night Letter | Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Night Letter

Nominated for American Library Association

Best Fiction YA 2014

Set in early twentieth century Iran, Night Letter is a tale of slavery, mysticism, and a damsel in distress determined to save herself.

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 fairytale quality of her award-winning Anahita’s Woven Riddle (reissued by Nortia Press), Sayres weaves details of Persian culture with poetry to create the story of a damsel in distress determined to save herself.
Meghan Nuttall Sayres
Cloth (hardcover) with illustrations, map, discussion guide, and glossary
Young Adult Fiction (12 and up) | $18.99 | 312pp | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-9848359-0-4

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Praise for Night Letter

“Meghan Nuttall Sayres has once again shown her gift of story telling. Night Letter is a new epic love story that captures the mystique of Persia and the will of a woman to survive an unpredictable adventure.”

—Shahrokh Ahkami, editor, Persian Heritage Journal

“The history of modern Iran is unknown to most Americans, yet the call for justice based on true events dramatized in Night Letter is greatly relevant to the world today.”

—Bob Greene, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and retired owner of the indie bookstore Book People of Moscow, ID

“Night Letter is an engrossing adventure of love and danger amidst the social turmoil of 19th century Persia.”

—Constance Vidor, recipient of the U.S. Board on Books for Young People Bridge to Understanding Award, and Director of Library Services, Friends Seminary, New York City.

“A visual and literary feast.”

—Fahimeh Amiri, Amiri Fine Arts, illustrator of The Prince Who Ran Away: The Story of Gautama Buddha


“This fast-paced adventure is filled with tension, excitement, and a realistic sense of history. The text rings true to the extensive research documented in the lengthy author’s note. The main characters are well drawn, and both Anahita’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 words–all explained in context and/or in the glossary–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. Anahita’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.”

Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, School Library Journal


“Shifts in narrative perspective from Anahita’s first-person account to the third-person narration of events taking place on her behalf, keep readers engaged in this action-laden adventure in a seldom-explored historical setting.”

Karen Coats, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books



Blog Reviews


Read a review of Night Letter and Anahita’s Woven Riddle at:

Understanding Iran through its past: A review and interview with Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Cleo’s Literary Blog.





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