In Which Murat Encounters the Nicosian Beldam and Simultaneously Goes Sober

Ezra and Leyla’s dad, Murat, suffered in good-spirited silence. And his response to all things in life was to pour himself a drink. After his wife died, Murat became a listener to of woes, but never knew how to air his own. Cracked ribs, broken hearts, insolvency and insult –he drank to it all. But …

In Which Ezra’s Stars Begin to Curiously Un-Cross Themselves and the Mongrel Does a No-Show

The next morning, Ezra with eye-bags meanders into the open plan office of the publishing company she works for in Levent, to find that her stars have un-crossed themselves. Her manager corners her in the kitchenette just as she’s carefully fishing out her teabag, and smack-bam offers her a promotion. The teabag misses the pedal …

In Which There is Freak Weather in Istanbul, and Ezra falls for Ezeqiel’s Mongrel Bastard

On the night that she fell in love with Ezeqiel’s mongrel bastard, Ezra accidentally downed a bottle of ascorbic acid tablets while trying to overdose on Paracetemol. Then she prayed Isha and sat down to write her suicide note, old-school style, with paper and a stub of pencil. The first draft went: I might say, …