Dervishes: A Novel

Dervishes: A Novel

Beth Helms


The richly textured, panoramic tale of an American mom and daughter caught within the expatriate group of Ankara, Turkey, in 1975--each of them attempting to find a existence within the greater global, each one in far more than her head

When she is twelve years outdated, Canada strikes together with her parents to Ankara, Turkey, the place her father has been stationed by means of the govt.. it's 1975--the chilly battle is in complete swing and tensions within the heart East are escalating. yet in Ankara's diplomatic group, the times are lazy and indulgent--one lengthy cocktail occasion. whereas her father typically disappears on legit company, Canada and her mom, Grace, locate themselves within the corporation of gossipy embassy better halves and prosperous Turkish girls, immersed in a regimen of card video games and afternoons on the baths. by the point summer season comes, and the city's electrical energy shuts down from sunrise to nightfall, mom and daughter can not tolerate the insular society--or one another.

Alternating among their views, Dervishes follows Canada and charm as they set out into the bigger urban: Grace is attracted to the sweetheart of her filthy rich, manipulative Turkish pal; Canada competes with one other woman for the attentions of an conceited Turkish houseboy, person who understands all their moms' secrets and techniques. prior to lengthy, either are in over their heads, and their transgressions threaten to strand them among the secure island of westerners and a wierd urban that guards its secrets and techniques fiercely.
Written with sensuousness and empathy, Beth Helms's debut is the tale of a mom and daughter break free from their foundations, hungry for independence yet dangerously naive.

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