The Bastard of Istanbul

Author(s): Elif Shafak

Historic novels

One rainy afternoon in Istanbul a woman walks into a doctor's surgery. 'I want an abortion', she announces. She is nineteen 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. But when Asya's Armenian-American cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long-hidden family secrets and Turkey's turbulent past begin to emerge. "Astonishingly rich and lovely ... handled with an enchantingly light touch." - Kirkus Reviews


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780670917297SECA
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Viking
  • : August 2007
  • : 236mm X 153mm X 28mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2013
  • : January 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elif Shafak
  • : Paperback
  • : Open market ed
  • : 368
  • : Modern fiction