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Red Dress in Black and White

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Red Dress in Black and White

A novel

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Red Dress in Black and White

“In Erdogan’s Istanbul, a young American woman and her Turkish husband, a real estate mogul, become inextricably wrapped up in and trapped by a convoluted symbiotic relationship with American government interests. By marrying Murat, Catherine successfully escaped her parents’ domination, but now she is considering leaving her husband to return to the U.S., an action that will hurt Murat’s reputation as a major player in the construction business and compromise the relationship between Murat and the U.S. intelligence officers who have been using him as a conduit of information from the Turkish government. But although political interests lurk in the background, this is really a well-told story about relationships and the effects of forces that divide people and those that bring them together in compromise and quid pro quos. National Book Award finalist (in 2017 for Dark at The Crossing) Ackerman has positioned himself at the crossroads of cultures to write about these forces with acute insight. As I read, I kept thinking of Graham Greene, writing at another time and about other places, but about many of the same issues.”

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From the widely acclaimed author of Waiting for Eden: a stirring, timely new novel that unfolds over the course of a single day in Istanbul: the story of an American woman attempting to leave behind her life in Turkey--to leave without her husband.

Catherine has been married for many years to Murat, an influential Turkish real estate developer, and they have a young son together, William. But when she decides to leave her marriage and return home to the United States with William and her photographer lover, Murat determines to take a stand. He enlists the help of an American diplomat to prevent his wife and child from leaving the country--but, by inviting this scrutiny into their private lives, Murat becomes only further enmeshed in a web of deception and corruption. As the hidden architecture of these relationships is gradually exposed, we learn the true nature of a cast of struggling artists, wealthy businessmen, expats, spies, a child pulled in different directions by his parents, and, ultimately, a society in crisis. Riveting and unforgettably perceptive, Red Dress in Black and White is a novel of personal and political intrigue that casts light into the shadowy corners of a nation on the brink.

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