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Gardens of Water
Alan Drew
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It is 1999, and Sinan is caught up in everyday problems. Despite hardships, he must be a role model for his nine-year-old son smail, who is preparing for his coming-of-age ceremony. His teenage daughter rem grows more resentful of having to help her mother, cover her glorious hair beneath a headscarf, and refrain from watching Western television. But the delicate stability of this family is about to be tested in the wake of an earthquake that will strip Sinan of his home and livelihood, and with them his certainty as a father, husband and man of faith. Sinan may yet find that everything he holds dear is destroyed, like the streets of Istanbul that lie in rubble beneath his feet.

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Alan Drew graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2004. His short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Trainand elsewhere. He lived in Turkey for three years, and was there at the time of the 1999 earthquake. He lives and teaches in Cincinnati, USA.

'A powerful look at love and heartbreak'
Marie Claire

'Gardens of Water is an important novel … Drew explores, with respect and understanding, clashes between cultures, faiths, and generations, in an intricately woven novel … Gardens of Water is a real triumph, and it introduces an exciting new writer and voice'
Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

'A penetrating, tightly-focused novel which balances the sweetness of youth and the brooding anxieties of parenthood with a robust understanding of the Muslim-Western encounter'
Leila Aboulela, author of Minaret

'A novel in which disastrous aftershocks rumble all the way through to a tragic denouement. Sensitive and thought-provoking, Gardens of Water is set in a perfectly realised Istanbul, a city where traditional and modernity grind together like the fragments of a collapsing building'
New York Times Book Review

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