THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL

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Elif Shafak

In The Bastard of Istanbul, her second novel to be written in English, Turkish author Elif Shafak confronts her country’s poignant past in a vivid and colorful tale about the tangled history of two families—one Turkish and one Armenian American. Shafak has created an intricately woven tale about the very different but equally difficult struggles of living with the past and trying to survive without one. Full of bold, unforgettable characters, The Bastard of Istanbul reveals that even the worst events are important ingredients in the recipes that make each of us who we are.

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In The Bastard of Istanbul, her second novel to be written in English, Turkish author Elif Shafak confronts her country’s poignant past in a vivid and colorful tale about the tangled history of two families—one Turkish and one Armenian American. Shafak has created an intricately woven tale about the very different but equally difficult struggles of living with the past and trying to survive without one. Full of bold, unforgettable characters, The Bastard of Istanbul reveals that even the worst events are important ingredients in the recipes that make each of us who we are.

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