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In a small village outside Istanbul, Sinan, a struggling Kurdish grocer, hears an odd and ominous rumbling. In the rush of destruction that follows, his first thought is for his young son, buried beneath the earthquake's debris -- then for his wife and daughter. It is an impulse that will torment him for years to come.
Gardens of Water is a stunning and inspiring debut. At its center are two families, and the complexities of culture and faith that divide them. Sinan's 15-year-old daughter, Irem, dreams of escaping the drudgery tradition expects of her and finds refuge and hope in Dylan, the 19-year-old son of American missionaries. As their love develops through chance encounters and furtive meetings, Sinan is forced to make decisions both tragic and inevitable. His inexorable journey to the ultimate betrayal is one, as a father, he could never have imagined.
The regrets of age and the passion of youth, the bond between father and daughter, the desire for a different life, the desperate longing to honor tradition while finding a small measure of happiness outside it -- these are the themes around which Drew has fashioned his unforgettable novel. Raw, emotional, and superbly told, Gardens of Water illuminates much more than the differences that divide us; it immerses us in the common ground we all share. (Spring 2008 Selection)