When a young woman is raped, village custom requires an honor killing. The son of the village leader is given the task, but at the last moment has doubts. He and the young woman go on the run, followed by local thugs intent on killing her. Luckily, they meet up with an ex-university professor who is embarking on a sailing trip, and needs a crew. All three set forth together on a voyage that will change all of their lives.
"In this heartbreaking Turkish novel based on the real-life sinking of a refugee ship during World War II, an elderly professor leaves America to revisit the city where he last saw his beloved wife. Istanbul, 1999. Maya Duran is a single mother strugglingto balance a demanding job at Istanbul University with the challenges of raising a teenage son. Her worries increase when she is tasked with looking after the enigmatic Maximilian Wagner, an elderly...