When Anahita, a nomadic weaver in nineteenth-century Iran, learns that her father wants her to wed the leader of her tribe, a man she finds repulsive, she is determined to design her own fate. She devises a contest in which suitors must guess the meaning of a riddle woven into her wedding carpet. Her idea draws the attention of an extraordinary group of men and brings unexpected consequences for those around her. Who will match Anahita is this game of wits? Or more important, win her heart? This enchanting tale set in an ancient land on the crest of change is enriched with details of Persian culture and Sufi poetry.
Meghan Nuttall Sayres
Paperback Reissue with discussion guide and glossary
Young Adult Fiction (ages 12 and up) | $14.95 | 354pp | 6 x 9 | ISBN: 978-0-9848359-2-8
Your favorite local bookseller with IndieBound.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) TOP TEN BEST BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION BOOK SENSE/INDIE PICK
ALA AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT FEMINIST BOOK SELECTION
“A richly textured, carefully researched novel … excellent use of Sufi poetry and a strong cast of characters make this more than memorable. Romantic, delightful and educational too!”
“This is an engrossing story that weaves in Persian culture, history, and surroundings, and portrays the life of a unique young woman and her quest for love.”
—School Library Journal
“One of the great gifts of literature is that it can entertain us, while at the same time expanding our world. A case in point is Meghan Nuttall Sayres’s young adult novel, Anahita’s Woven Riddle… Sayres skillfully interlaces a lot of Persian history and culture, including information about the daily lives of nomads, Sufi poetry, and carpets and carpet weaving into Anahita’s story. This is a good choice for readers 12 and up.”
—Nancy Pearl Book Reviews
“Anahita’s Woven Riddle offers a glimpse into a world not many books enter. Sayres does an excellent job developing characters that intrigue and tug at the heart.”
—Historical Novels Review
“Sayres’ novel is beautifully written and rich in cultural descriptions and characterizations, making it a standout. … Offering history, romance, literature, and an element of mystery, this novel will appeal to a wide cross-section of readers.”
“The exploration of another culture in an earlier time with a side of almost fairy-tale romance results in a satisfying read.”
Read a review of Anahita’s Woven Riddle at The One Right Word.
Read a review of Anahita’s Woven Riddle at An Average Blog About Awesome Things.
Read a review of Night Letter and Anahita’s Woven Riddle at Cleo’s Literary Blog.
Go the Artists and Designers page to learn more about the artists.
Go the More About Textiles of the Middle East page.