Escape by Perihan Magden (Sept 2012)

escapeThis is a short, quick, engrossing read that is additionally good literature.  I was taken with both the story — which is increasingly creepy and suspenseful as it unfolds — and the writing — which is poetic.  I enjoyed Magden’s previous book, Ali and Ramazan, but that book’s translation from the Turkish was awful.  Escape, however, is a very good translation.  Not that I know Turkish.  But the English flowed beautifully.  The story follows a mother and daughter who are completely isolated from other people, traveling every few weeks, months, or even days from one hotel to another, all over the world.  They always leave of a sudden, forsaking all their belongings in the hotel rooms, and we don’t know why until we start to figure it out about halfway through.  The primary narrator is the young girl, sometimes quite young, and sometimes a teenager, depending on the chapter.  Her chapters are interspersed with chapters narrated by the people who briefly interact with the mother and daughter, or who observe them.  This is a beautiful book in large part because it subtly challenges the reader to question assumptions, including one’s own pat moral convictions.  Highly recommended.  Advance reader’s copy provided by the publisher.

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About Cheryl McNeil
I am the User Services Librarian at the Orangeburg Library in Orangeburg, NY

One Response to Escape by Perihan Magden (Sept 2012)

  1. john851 says:

    Thanks, Cheryl. I will be on the lookout for this one.

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