Well-written tale of faith and culture clash
In one sentence: A Turkish girl, divided by religion and haunted by a spirit, tries to find life and love in Oxford.
Full review: A Turkish girl, whose family is split down the same secular-traditional religion faultiness as the country as a whole, goes to Oxford University – but for some mysterious reason never completes her degree. Also – she keeps seeing visions of a baby, which may or may not be a demon-spirit. From the beginning this book hooked me – the writing is excellent, and the portrayal of Turkey as a melting pot between East and West was fascinating.
The main character walks religious tightropes of Turkish culture, and I was gripped by the Turkish parts. However, the religious debates in Oxford grew a little tiring, and I felt let down by the end third, where the plot petered out a little. But the writing is superb, and I would be interested to see what this author produces in the future. Recommended.