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It is summer in Istanbul and the body of a young man is discovered in a local lake. The air is oppressive as Behiye prepares to enter one of Turkey's most prestigious universities. Angry, overweight, embarrassed by her parents and contemptuous of her Nazi older brother - Behiye longs for some salvation from her teenage despair. In the week before she starts university she is introduced to Handan - a beautiful, gentle girl who will change Behiye's life forever. Immediately drawn to one another, the two girls embark upon an intense, exclusive relationship even though they are from completely different backgrounds, with different dreams and ambitions. As their friendship spirals out of control, Behiye realises the impossibility of their being able to cross the cultural divide.
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Perihan Magden was born in Istanbul in 1960. She is the author of Messenger Boy Murders and The Companion and a collection of poems. She lives in Istanbul and is a celebrity columnist on the daily newspaper Radikal.

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?An intense and occasionally tender tale? Guardian A breathless, feverishly written novel that captures the giddy, dizzy rollercoaster highs and lows of love unfolding -- Uncut ?Not since Salinger?s Catcher in the Rye has a writer animated adolescent anguish so vividly and compellingly? Magden?s portrait of contemporary Turkey transcends the tired clich?s around the conflict of oriental and occidental values? gripping and * just when you thought it might finally be within your grasp? New Internationalist *

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