Sky of Red Poppies

Sky of Red Poppies

by Zohreh Gharemani

Join us for an author talk

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Refreshments will be served!

One of the 2012 One Book, One San Diego selections, this book is set against the backdrop of a politically divided 1960’s Iran under rule of the Shah.  Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be and, in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing.

Dr. Zohreh Ghahremani is a lifelong writer. She grew up in Iran, the daughter of a tribal man from Khorasan, Rafi Khan Khazai. She came to the United States with her husband, Gary Ghahremani, settling in Chicago. Ghahremani had a successful career in children’s dentistry and also taught at Northwestern University. Ghahremani, her husband and three children moved to San Diego when she decided to pursue her lifelong passion of writing. She publishes widely on the topics of bicultural identity, immigrant life, and modern parenthood. Ghahremani serves on the board of San Diego Writers Ink and is a member of the Association of Iranian-American Writers (AIAW). Sky of Red Poppies, based on a true story, is her first novel.

In a recent interview, One Book’s Linda Salem asked Zoe Ghahremani to talk about her characters and about her thoughts on poetry and writing. Via KPBS

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