Shortlisted for the EBRD Literature Prize for best work of literary fiction translated into English. On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well-digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain.
As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating metre by metre, the two will develop a father/son bond that neither has known before.
But in the nearby town, where they spend their evenings, the boy will find an irresistible diversion.
The Red-Haired Woman, an alluring member of a travelling theatre group, catches his eye, and she seems as fascinated by him as he is by her.
But in his distraction a horrible accident occurs, and he will spend his life unaware of the outcome, or who the Red-Haired Woman was, until many years later.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 05/07/2018
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571330317