is the story of a woman, also called Zarife, who aspires to leave her
poverty-stricken existence and is drawn into the seedy world of the super-rich.
With a combination of brains and sex, she manages to become one of the
wealthiest—and therefore, most respectable—women in Turkey. Status is important
in any society and this novel shows that it is attainable if you are prepared
to pay the price. Although her success means that any past indiscretions are
forgotten, towards the end of the novel, Zarife does come to realise that her
chosen lifestyle has a hollowness to it and that she has lost maybe as much as
she has gained.