'An intelligent, fierce and beguiling read' Financial Times
On a spring evening in Istanbul, Peri is on her way to a dinner party - a night of luxury a far cry from her upbringing. But when her handbag is stolen her world shifts violently. She starts to doubt how she got here: a traumatic Istanbul childhood, student years in Oxford, the rebellious professor who led her and best friends Shirin and Mona to question everything - Islam, love, life, even God - and the scandal that tore them all apart. Over one desperate night she tries to make sense of a past she has tried to forget - but can we ever escape who we once were?
Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends. They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused.
'One of the most important writers at work today. A fascinating exploration of faith and friendship, rich and poor, and the devastating clash of tradition and modernity' Independent
'An intense, discursive and absorbing novel' Observer
'A thoughtful, charming book that offers a connection to other worlds, perspectives and possibilities' Sunday Times