WHO: Elliot Ackerman
WHAT: RED DRESS IN BLACK AND WHITE, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf May 26, 2020
WHERE: The author divides his time between New York and Washington DC.
WHY: “This slow-burning novel of intrigue deftly hints at a shadowy world that exists just out of frame and is one that lives long in the memory.
“Elliot Ackerman’s follow-up to the stupendously good National Book Award finalist, Waiting for Eden, is set in Istanbul from 2006 to 2013. Catherine is unhappily married to Murat, a prestigious real-estate developer responsible for many of the revitalization projects across Istanbul, and they have a son they adopted in unusual circumstances. Murat’s personal and private worlds have been rocked by two events. The fallout from the Gezi Park protest, a defining event in Turkey, has halted many of his projects, and Catherine’s attempt to leave Murat for her longtime lover, Peter, an American photographer of questionable talent, has left him struggling to maintain appearances. Lurking behind and attempting to orchestrate many of these events is Kristin, who works for the shadowy cultural affairs department at the U.S. consulate.
“Ackerman’s trademark prose, defined by stillness and rich descriptions, evocatively captures the strained nature of contemporary Turkish life.”
—Alexander Moran, BOOKLIST
“At the intersection of love, art, and politics, characters within a romantic triangle and a few just outside it discover that they’re puppets whose strings have been pulled by a bureaucracy and whose fates are connected in ways beyond their control.”
288 pages. $26.95 ISBN 978-0-525-52181-5
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