Meghan Nuttall Sayres is a tapestry weaver and has authored Anahita’s Woven Riddle. While researching for the companion novel, Night Letter, Meghan travelled across the deserts of Uzbekistan to the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, plotting scenes and imagining Anahita’s possible escape routes. Other books by Meghan include Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland, and Daughters of the Desert: Tales of Remarkable Women From the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions (co-author). She is also editor of the anthology Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran.
An enchanting tale set in Persia, rich with romance, adventure, and Sufi poetry in which a young woman is determined to weave her own fate.
When Anahita, a nomadic weaver in 19th 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 importantly, 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.
Anahita’s Woven Riddle has been translated into Persian, Hebrew, and Italian. It was chosen as an American Library Association (ALA) Top Ten Best Books, an American Booksellers Association Book Sense/Indie Pick, and an ALA Amelia Bloomer Feminist Choice Book, among other awards.