Saturday, March 2, 2013

WOW Book Club March 2013: Equal of the Sun

From colonial Rhodesia, we travel further into the past towards Iran in 1576, where we'll be discussing the book "Equal of the Sun" by Anita Amirrezvani.

Here's a Book Summary:
Legendary women—from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots—changed the course of history in the royal courts of 16th-century England. But few people know of the powerful women in the Muslim world, who formed alliances, served as key advisers 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, 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. 

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.

Come join us on Sunday March 24th at 2pm, at the Red Victorian Peace Center at 1665 Haight Street to discuss this book! At 3pm, there will be an event at the BookSmith featuring the author Anita Amirezvanni who's promoting her latest book!

Next Read:
April 2013: An American Radical by Susan Rosenberg (US)
May 2013: Outcasts United by Warren St. John (US)
June 2013: Don't be afraid Gringo by Elvia Alvarado (Honduras)

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