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.
?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 *