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Enlightenment

Enlightenment

(2007)
A novel by

 

"That rare pleasure, a book that grips on every level, a bold and beautiful novel about history, memory and love."
Nicci French


"A dark Conradian drama, set in a beautifully illuminated Istanbul, where the past is always with us."
Orhan Pamuk


Overlook is thrilled to unveil this runaway masterpiece of modern fiction, a story of first love and betrayal set against the tangled web of contemporary Turkey. Maureen Freely, the celebrated translator of Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk, author of Snow, offers an arresting vision of Turkey, its people, and one American girl trapped in the fray. Freely captures the passion, distrust, and duplicitousness of life in Cold War Istanbul the way The Kite Runner captured Kabul. In Enlightenment, Freely brings to life an intensely colorful world where political freedom, personal integrity, bloodshed, betrayal, hatred, and true love are inseparable--and indistinguishable.

In October 2005, only a few months after her Turkish husband is detained and her five-year-old son distributed to a foster family by US border patrol, Jeannie Wakefield disappears. She leaves behind in Istanbul a 57-page letter to M, an anonymous investigative journalist who Jeannie begs to write about her plight. The letter tells the story of Jeannie's first arrival in Turkey 34 years earlier, when she was a bright-eyed 16-year-old innocent shimmering with open-hearted idealism. The letter reveals a convoluted tale of complex political intrigue, of retired intelligence operatives and Turkish teenage radicals willing to die for their right to speak out against the humanitarian outrages of their government, of a grisly murder and a dismembered body in a trunk. It is a grim and heartbreaking history of first loves shattered and best friends betrayed, and M finds herself, against her will, tangled in Jeannie's narrative. But in the "deep state" of post-911 Turkey, nobody is who they say they are, and everyone is a suspect--exactly how much will M inadvertently sacrifice to save the woman who stole her only true love?

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Enlightenment (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Maureen Freely
ISBN: 1-4104-1085-4 / 978-1-4104-1085-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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May 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Enlightenment: A Novel
Author(s): Maureen Freely
ISBN: 1-59020-074-8 / 978-1-59020-074-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Enlightenment: A Novel
Author(s): Maureen Freely
ISBN: 1-59020-209-0 / 978-1-59020-209-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Enlightenment
Author(s): Maureen Freely
ISBN: 0-7145-3141-3 / 978-0-7145-3141-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

May 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Enlightenment: A Novel
Author(s): Maureen Freely
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

March 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Enlightenment
Author(s): Maureen Freely
Publisher: Marion Boyars
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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