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Details of Dervishes

Dervishes
Exact title of book
Dervishes
Book author
Beth Helms
ISBN
9781429939942
Publisher
Picador
Published
Mar 04, 2008
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
320
File size (in PDF)
2880 kB

Some brief overview of book

The richly textured, panoramic story of an American mother and daughter stuck in the expatriate community of Ankara, Turkey, in 1975each of them trying to discover a life in the larger world, each in way over her head When she is twelve years old, Canada moves with her mother and father to Ankara, Turkey, where her father has been stationed by the government. It is 1975the Cold War is in full swing and tensions in the Middle East are escalating. But in Ankaras diplomatic community, the days are lazy and indulgentone long cocktail party.

While her father routinely disappears on official business, Canada and her mother, Grace, find themselves in the company of gossipy embassy wives and wealthy Turkish women, immersed in a routine of card games and afternoons at the baths. By the time summer comes, and the citys electricity shuts down from dawn to dusk, mother and daughter can no longer tolerate the insular societyor each other. Alternating between their perspectives, Dervishes follows Canada and Grace as they set out into the larger city Grace is drawn to the lover of her wealthy, manipulative Turkish friend; Canada competes with another girl for the attentions of an arrogant Turkish houseboy, one who knows all their mothers secrets.

Before long, both are in over their heads, and their transgressions threaten to strand them between the safe island of westerners and a strange city that guards its secrets fiercely. Written with sensuousness and empathy, Beth Helmss debut is the story of a mother and daughter cut loose from their foundations, hungry for independence but dangerously naive.

About book author

Helms is the author of the story collection American Wives, which won the 2003 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She spent her childhood in Iran, Iraq, Germany, and Turkey, and now lives in upstate New York. Dervishes is her first novel. e days are lazy and indulgentone long cocktail party.

While her father routinely disappears on official business, Canada and her mother, Grace, find themselves in the company of gossipy embassy wives and wealthy Turkish women, immersed in a routine of card games and afternoons at the baths. By the time summer comes, and the citys electricity shuts down from dawn to dusk, mother and daughter can no longer tolerate the insular societyor each other. Alternating between their perspectives, Dervishes follows Canada and Grace as they set out into the larger city Grace is drawn to the lover of her wealthy, manipulative Turkish friend; Canada competes with another girl for the attentions of an arrogant Turkish houseboy, one who knows all their mothers secrets.

Before long, both are in over their heads, and their transgressions threaten to strand them between the safe island of westerners and a strange city that guards its secrets fiercely. Written with sensuousness and empathy, Beth Helmss debut is the story of a mother and daughter cut loose from their foundations, hungry for independence but dangerously naive.

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