June's Room

Gardens of Water

Gardens of Water - ALAN DREW I found the ending of this book very sad,but I still enjoyed it because I came to care about the characters..the Kurdish father struggling to retain his pride and provide for his family in the wake of a devastating earthquake,his long suffering wife, their young son who narrowly escaped death thanks to their American neighbour's wife who perished saving him. And their teenage daughter, finding love and risking everything to be with the neighbours son. This book has several themes..the issue of Kurdish identity and politics is one, the struggle of a young person against her cultural and religious upbringing is another. And we also learn the problems encountered when help is offered from outside with a religious agenda attached.