Virtual Event: Elliot Ackerman
Red Dress in Black and White:
in conversation with MATT GALLAGHER
May 26, 2020
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes ELLIOT ACKERMAN—author of the novels Waiting for Eden and Dark at the Crossing—for a discussion of his latest novel, Red Dress in Black and White. He will be joined in conversation by MATT GALLAGHER, author of the acclaimed novel Youngblood. His latest novel, Empire City, is available for purchase here.
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About Red Dress in Black and White
Catherine has been married for many years to Murat, an influential Turkish real estate developer, and they have a young son together, William. But when she decides to leave her marriage and return home to the United States with William and her photographer lover, Murat determines to take a stand. He enlists the help of an American diplomat to prevent his wife and child from leaving the country—but, by inviting this scrutiny into their private lives, Murat becomes only further enmeshed in a web of deception and corruption.
As the hidden architecture of these relationships is gradually exposed, we learn the true nature of a cast of struggling artists, wealthy businessmen, expats, spies, a child pulled in different directions by his parents, and, ultimately, a society in crisis. Riveting and unforgettably perceptive, Red Dress in Black and White is a novel of personal and political intrigue that casts light into the shadowy corners of a nation on the brink.
Praise for Red Dress in Black and White
“This absolutely riveting novel moves rapidly . . . An attention-grabbing, cleverly plotted, character-driven yarn . . . In Agatha Christie fashion, Ackerman gathers his characters for what appears to be the grand finale but saves the true reveal for the very end.” —Michael Russo, Library Journal
“Ackerman’s trademark prose evocatively captures the strained nature of contemporary Turkish life . . . Deftly hints at a shadowy world that exists just out of frame and is one that lives long in the memory.” —Alexander Moran, Booklist
“Red Dress in Black and White asks thought-provoking questions about the place of power both in love and in politics. For those who witnessed it, it is impossible to forget Gezi; same goes for this book.” —Özgür Mumcu, bestselling author of Peace Machine
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