Synopses & Reviews
In October 2005, only a few months after her Turkish husband and five-year-old son are detained by U.S. border patrol, Jeannie Wakefield disappears. She leaves behind in Istanbul a 53-page letter revealing a convoluted tale of political intrigue, intelligence operatives and Turkish teenage radicals, of a grisly murder and a dismembered body in a trunk. It is a grim and heartbreaking history of first loves shattered and best friends betrayed. Can Jeannie be saved? Is she as innocent as she seems?
"A story almost impossible to summarize but hard to forget. Freely is an almost perversely original writer. . .A brave, unflinching work of art."-The Washington Post Book World
"[Freely] possesses an exceptional command of language...An ingenious novel about appearance and reality. . .You will not put it down."-Library Journal (starred review)
"A complex, often riveting novel...quietly stunning."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A dark Conradian drama, set in a beautifully illuminated Istanbul, where the past is always with us."--Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning author of Snow
About the Author
Maureen Freely is the principal translator of the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist, Orhan Pamuk,.Born in the U.S., she now lives in England.