A spellbinding debut novel based on the life of the rebel poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice, and love—inspiring generations of women to come.
Although she is told that daughters should be quiet and modest, young Forugh finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister in the rose garden, composing poems behind the closed doors of her bedroom, sneaking out with a teenage paramour to discuss books over a café glacé. As a young woman in the 1950s, Forugh flees her forced marriage, returns to Tehran, and falls into a passionate affair. When her newfound freedom finds its voice on the page, her published poems—considered brilliant and utterly scandalous—polarize Iranian society. Unwilling to return to a traditional, expected life, Forugh continues to live by her own rules, finding love and success—but at enormous cost.
This haunting novel—informed by Forugh’s writings, films, and interviews—captures the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a rebel poet who, to this day, continues to inspire women around the world.
Story Locale: Tehran, Iran in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s