Gardens of Water

Gardens of Water

Audiobook CD - 2008
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In a small town outside Istanbul, Sinan Başioğlu, a devout Kurdish Muslim, and his wife, Nilüfer, are preparing for their nine-year-old son's coming-of-age ceremony. Their headstrong fifteen-year-old daughter, Irem, resents the attention her brother, Ismail, receives from their parents. For her, there was no such festive observance. But even before the night of the celebration, Irem had started to change--due to her secret relationship with their neighbor Dylan, the seventeen-year-old son of expatriate American teachers. Irem sees Dylan as the gateway to a new life, one that will free her from the confines of conservative Islam. Yet Sinan's growing awareness of their relationship affirms his wish to move his family to the safety of his old village, a place where his children would be sheltered from the cosmopolitan temptations of Istanbul. but after a massive earthquake, the Başioğlu family is faced with greater challenges. Losing everything, they are forced to forage for themselves, living as refugees in their own country. And their survival now depends on their American neighbors, to whom they are unnervingly indebted. As love develops between Irem and Dylan, Sinan makes a series of increasingly dangerous decisions that push him toward a betrayal that will change everyone's lives forever.
Publisher: New York : Random House, p2008.
ISBN: 9780739358818
Branch Call Number: DREW
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (11 hr., 30 min.) : digital, Dolby processed ; 4 3/4 in.


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Apr 26, 2018

I cannot rate this as I had wildly mixed feelings. The motives of those who 'do good' are of 'service', too frequently turn out to proselytize for their belief system. People seem to think their Truth is the only one. Deception, destruction, death.

Apr 01, 2015

Superb book read very well. Full of subtle nuances and cultural insights set in the aftermath of a massive earthquake.

agorgon Nov 29, 2012

Audiobook highly recommended! The narrator is fantastic.

Feb 17, 2009

what a sad story. very well written. we are given a look at a Muslims family's turmoil after an earthquake. Americans are there to help but memories of his fathers death reminds him Americans made the gun that killed him. A Romeo and Juliet romance with the daughter and American boy. Heartwrenching events affect the daughter and her decisions which ultimately become tragic. a MUST read.

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