THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL by Elif Shafak in out in paperback at 11.20 euros
A hugely enjoyable family saga set in modern day Istanbul that will appeal to fans of Isabelle Allende.
One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a woman walks into a doctor’s surgery. “I want an abortion”, she announces. She is 19 years old and unmarried. What happens that afternoon is to change her life and the lives of everyone around her.
Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse, all the men die by age 41, so it is a house of women, among them her beautiful, rebellious mother, Zeliha, clairvoyant Auntie Banu, and bar-brawl widow, Auntie Cevriye. When Asya’s Armenian-American cousin Armanoush comes to stay however, long-hidden family secrets and Turkey’s turbulent past begin to emerge.
Elif Shafak was recently accused by the Turkish government of the crime of ‘insulting Turkishness’ by referring in this novel to the Armenian massacres of 1915.