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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Love is doing the painful things because they are right.

    This is a line from Gardens of Water. This wonderful first novel is about love-love of religion, parents, children and self. It is hard to imagine living in conditions as described in the novel with the hardships of daily life. Drew shows us what happens when east meets west. Writers like Drew bring these emotions and images to life in a touching way.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    Best book in a long time

    This is one of the best books I've read in quite a while. The storyline is unique and the writing is excellent. The story illustrates the clash of two religions and two cultures. A very compelling read. Ideal for book clubs - lots of events to dissect and discuss. I listened to it on audio cd, which was really well done by the narrator - uses accents and emotions in his voice, which adds to the drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Pretty powerful

    This is an emotionally charged novel centering on family. Drew's Debut tells the story of family, and forbidden relationships. I will definitely read another one by him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    AN AMAZING & BRAVE BOOK

    Culture and customs of peoples of the Near East are hard for us to understand. And it must be hard to fashion a representative family in one of those countries without wondering if readers will let it represent at least one likely story that might happen in that country. As one who has lived in Istanbul, but a decade earlier than Mr. Drew, I found this book to be a really good representation of life in a little town on the outskirts of Istanbul. I found Mr. Drew's pictures of the families to be just as I experienced them. In every respect I found him to be painting a very accurate picture, very close to my own recollection. His story was captivating from the first. I rushed through the book the first time for plot only....I just had to see where he took the conflicts! At the end, I put the book down, and the next day started re-reading it slowly this time to savor what I had missed in the 'speed-reading.' Turkey is a different country than the US, different in culture and in social practices than we are used to. The reader with an open mind will see this not as better or worse than the US but just different from. I hope Mr. Drew will draw on his years in Turkey for more amazing stories.

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