I believe this maybe the first novel I've ever read where the protagonist is not given a name, at the end of the audio book was an interview with the author and she explains why she did it and I totally agree with her reasoning.
Our story follows a young girl born in 17th century Persia (Iran) who's father has died. Broke and penniless, her and her mother are forced to move in with relatives to survive. Longing to escape her world of poverty she cultivates her gift of Persian Carpet weaving in hopes of someday becoming financially free. Because she is poor and has no dowry for a traditional marriage she is forced into what is known as a "sigheh," a temporary marriage contract which is renewed if the man continues to want her. As to be expected this causes her problems emotionally and physically.
Author [a:Anita Amirrezvani|200033|Anita Amirrezvani|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1331843758p2/200033.jpg] shows us what life was like in the city of Isfahan. She takes us into the Iranian culture and gives us a glimpse of it through the eyes of the various characters. This is wonderful historical fiction!