Adult Fiction SHAFAK
Summary: From one of TurkeyÂs most acclaimed and outspoken writers, a novel about the tangled histories of two families In her second novel written in English, Elif Shafak confronts her countryÂs violent past in a vivid and colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States. At its center is the ÂbastardÂ of the title, Asya, a nineteen-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French Existentialists, and the four sisters of the Kazanci family who all live together in an extended household in Istanbul: Zehila, the zestful, headstrong youngest sister who runs a tattoo parlor and is AsyaÂs mother; Banu, who has newly discovered herself as a clairvoyant; Cevriye, a widowed high school teacher; and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. Their one estranged brother lives in Arizona with his wife and her Armenian daughter, Armanoush. When Armanoush secretly flies to Istanbul in search of her identity, she finds the Kazanci sisters and becomes fast friends with Asya. A secret is uncovered that links the two families and ties them to the 1915 Armenian deportations and massacres. Full of vigorous, unforgettable female characters, The Bastard of Istanbulis a bold, powerful tale that will confirm Shafak as a rising star of international fiction.
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Youngest daughter; headstrong; has a child out of wedlock; refuses to name the father of her child; runs a tattoo parlor.
Zeliha's daughter; loves Johnny Cash and French existentialism; friends with intellectuals; hangs out at coffeehouses.
Zeliha's sister; discovers herself as a clairvoyant.
Zeliha and Banu's sister; teaches history in the high school.
Zeliha, Banu and Cevriye's sister; obsessed with impending disasters.
Brother to the Kazanci sisters; sent to America to avoid the family curse; married a woman with a daughter.
Mustafa's step-daughter; spends a lot of time with her Armenian father; searching for her identity; wants to learn about her family's history; becomes friends with Asya.