Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Review: Gardens of Water

Gardens of Water: A NovelGardens of Water: A Novel by Alan Drew

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A touching, honest and sad look at life in Turkey following the 1999 earthquake. A conservative Turkish man struggles with raising his children among American relief workers, whom he sees as the enemy. After almost losing his son in the earthquake, he faces losing his daughter and his family's reputation to a teenage boy from New Hampshire. The final tragedy of the book lies not only in what happens to his daughter, but also in the man' regrets.

Culturally rich, emotional, and engaging. A highly recommended first novel from Alan Drew.

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