#LiteraryFiction "Silk Armor"
by Claire Sydenham
A Turkish train station late at night. At the last minute, as the Americans are leaving, a woman appears outside. . . .
"Something in her walk or her clothes compelled me to follow her with my eyes, but she disappeared behind the columns and the crowd, the soldiers and guns and angled glass. Only then did I realize it was Didem, one of my students, Victor’s former lover, the woman who wasn’t going to America with him."
SILK ARMOR is Didem’s story. It is the story of
her past, as a veiled girl in a village with no hope of a better, wider future; the story of her secret exposed, and how that betrayal drove her away from her village but also allowed her to enter university.
It is the story of her love affair with Victor, and in the face of daunting obstacles their plans of escape; the story of how the secret she thought she left behind comes back to haunt her.
It is also the story of the Americans’ journey back to the U.S., and the discoveries they make along the way that lead to tragic consequences.