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Imbued with the history and lore of Turkish culture and tradition, The Virgin’s Knot chronicles a young woman’s journey from innocence to knowledge and loneliness to love.

Also published in the UK, Turkey, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and the Netherlands.

“[To be] savored like the dark intensity of Turkish coffee.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A thoughtful, tempered debut… Payne keeps the story simple, elemental, and reserved, emphasizing the timeless quality of the tragic tale… a well-crafted, meditative piece.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Creates an almost mystical tableau.”
The San Jose Mercury News

“Every page of The Virgin’s Knot is a tightly woven and bountiful gift to readers. Like all who lived in her Turkish village, and two exceptional men, I fell in love with the remarkable weaver and her magic carpets.”
Diane Leslie, author of Fleur De Leigh’s Life of Crime

“Infused with poetry and perfume, The Virgin’s Knot is that rare thing: a soulful page-turner. Holly Payne is the new Scheherazade!”
Laurie Fox, author of My Sister from the Black Lagoon

“The hearts and minds of today’s observant Muslim women are as hidden from us as their faces. In her novel The Virgin’s Knot, set in the inaccessible reaches of the Taurus Mountains, Holly Payne unveils a world the casual tourist never sees, a world virtually unchanged for a thousand years.”
Jacqueline Park, author of The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi

“A thoughtful, tempered debut… Payne keeps the story simple, elemental, and reserved, emphasizing the timeless quality of the tragic tale… a well-crafted, meditative piece.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A beautifully written and evocative fable. . . . An entrancing blend of myth, history, and religious feminism that results in a tale as compelling as it is elusive.”
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