Monday, March 31, 2008

Starred Review in Library Journal for Maureen Freely's ENLIGHTENMENT

Enlightenment gets another rave review today, this one from Library Journal: "In 1970 Istanbul, Jeannie, the daughter of an American CIA agent, falls in love with Sinan, a student radical who is alienated from America by its persistent support of Turkish corruption. Sinan is imprisoned on trumped-up charges, but years later, the lovers reunite and marry, living peacefully for a while. Then, without warning, on a visit to the States, Sinan is arrested by Homeland Security as a suspected terrorist, leaving Jeannie scrambling to reach her husband and recover their child from foster care. When Jeannie, too, disappears, a reporter unearths truths that alter our perception of all that has transpired. Maureen Freely, who has translated Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk's recent works, possesses an exceptional command of language: her sentences are so apt, they jump out at you. In this ingenious novel about appearance and reality, it is difficult to predict what will happen next or what it means, but once you start this book, you will not put it down. Strongly recommended."

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