The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights to read Gardens of Water

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights program has just selected Alan Drew’s novel Gardens of Water for their “One Book, One Community” read.

Set in a small town outside Istanbul, this “remarkable” (New York Times Book Review) novel tells the story of a man and his family whose lives are thrown into chaos when the earthquake of 1999 destroys their home and way of life. When his daughter falls in love with an American boy whose father intercedes to help, the tensions between two cultures, two fathers, two faiths, explode.

The book has been previously selected as a “One Book, One Story” read in Pasadena, California and is a School Library Journal Best Adult Books for High School Students 2008.

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