In 16th-century Istanbul, master miniaturist and illuminator of books Enishte Effendi is commissioned to illustrate a book celebrating the sultan. Soon he lies dead at the bottom of a well, and how he got there is the crux of this novel. A number of narrators give testimony to what they know about the circumstances surrounding the murder. The stories accumulate and become more detailed as the novel progresses, giving the reader not only a nontraditional murder mystery but insight into the mores and customs of the time. In addition, this is both an examination of the way figurative art is viewed within Islam and a love story that demonstrates the tricky mechanics of marriage laws. Award-winning Turkish author Pamuk (The White Castle) creatively casts the novel with colorful characters (including such entities as a tree and a gold coin) and provides a palpable sense of atmosphere of the Ottoman Empire that history and literary fans will appreciate. - Library Journal

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  • Rachael J.

    It was refreshing to spend time talking about books with other nice people.

    1 · April 2

  • Pinstripes

    Lively discussion, great food! Welcome to the newcomers :)

    March 29, 2014

    • Kristen

      Agreed! Looking forward to next time. Thank you!

      March 29, 2014

  • Bill B.

    I'm inside.

    March 29, 2014

  • L.T.

    I didn't manage to finish the book before my ebook loan was up. I found I was reading at a much slower pace than usual due to the style of prose, but it seems like the kind of book that is rewarding once you get into it. Enjoy Sat!

    March 27, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Sorry you can't make it, but thanks for the heads-up.

      March 27, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Also, you don't have to have finished to attend.

      March 27, 2014

  • Sahar

    I am going to be out of town for a wedding. I hope this isn't Jessica's last book club or I will be sad that I missed it.

    March 26, 2014

    • Bill B.

      I'm sorry Sahar. It is.

      March 27, 2014

  • Joe

    I think we should check out Sofra in Sunnyside this Saturday:

    2 · March 24, 2014

    • Rachael J.

      I meant Turkish food

      March 25, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Okay, I'll try to make the reservation on Thursday. If they can accommodate whatever our numbers are at that point, I'll post it.

      March 25, 2014

  • Ellen

    I have family in town and probably can't make it. See you next time.

    March 23, 2014

  • j r.

    Hey, stumbled upon this article. Perhaps of interest.

    March 20, 2014

  • Bill B.

    As of 2/23, Astoria Bookshop has a couple of copies in stock.

    February 23, 2014

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    A former member

    Sorry to have to miss this session. I have a friend who will be visiting from Florida. Too bad.

    February 3, 2014

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