Gardens of Water by Alan Drew

A powerful story of survival set in 1999. Sinan is caught up in everyday problems. Despite hardships, he must be a role model for his nine-year-old son Ismail, who is preparing for his coming-of-age ceremony. Meanwhile his teenage daughter Irem grows more resentful of having to help her mother run the house, cover her glorious hair beneath a headscarf and refrain from watching Western television. But the delicate stability of this family is about to be tested in the wake of an earthquake that will strip Sinan of his home and livelihood, and with them his certainty as a father, husband and man of faith.

Sinan becomes entangled in a series of increasingly dangerous decisions. Pushed towards a final betrayal, he may yet find that everything he holds dear is destroyed, like the streets of Istanbul that lie in rubble beneath his feet.

East meets West with indelible consequences in this moving and beautifully written novel which brings to life two unforgettable families and the sacrifice and love that bind them together