Seville, 1950: Many years after reunion with her daughter, Nairi breaks the silence about the past. Sevan recounts her odyssey from the orphanage to Spain, and she finally discovers her sister Catarina, the tango temptress, whose attempts to escape from slavery in Buenos Aires’ decadent underworld still reverberate in Nairi’s life now.
Like the Spanish river that winds through the story, Slevin deftly weaves a swirling, multi-layered narrative that begs you to understand how changing fortunes can make people do things they find unsavoury. Heartrending and uplifting by turns, the journey takes us from the Armenian genocide to glamorous 1930s Beirut and Buenos Aires.
The quest of three generations of women to discover their origins, Water Will Find its Way explores family bonds and identity within a family displaced by war. It tells of the importance of passing down heritage, especially when personal and national annihilation are at stake.
"A passionate, fascinating and engrossing debut" Lucia Barry