She is called Nurdane, the famed weaver of Mavisu. From her remote mountain village in southwestern Turkey, she creates dowries for young brides: dazzling rugs that are marvels of shape and color, texture and light. Her unique rugs possess remarkable healing qualities that have inspired local legend, but it is her hands that are at the heart of her mystery. An artist's hands. A virgin's hands.
An extraordinary series of events drives Nurdane to question the limitations of her faith and culture as she is caught between the cost of remaining pure in body and spirit...or risking everything for the chance to live a loving life.
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Holly Payne is an award-winning filmmaker and triathlete who teaches screenwriting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. The Virgin's Knot is her first novel.From AudioFile:
Payne's first novel is intricate and lovingly crafted. Herdescriptions of village life in 1950s Turkey reveal a culture in whichpatriarchy is still the "natural" order. Rug weaver Nurdane's legshave been ravaged by childhood polio. It is in her hands that magiclies. Her magnificent rugs are believed to hold mysticalpowers. Villagers say they heal the sick, bring good fortune, orguarantee male children for those lucky enough to own one. Nurdanemust choose between her Allah-given gift and a life ofself-realization. Bernadette Quigley's narration is strained, hercharacterizations forced. The village men don't speak to one another,they growl, always angry or gruff. The women are either clichédcrones or too sweet to be believable. Although the reading isdisappointing, the story is compelling. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2002,Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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