Friday, October 31, 2014

November 2014: The Bastard of Istanbul

Hi everyone!

We will be celebrating our last book club meeting for 2014 next month in November by discussing the book "The Bastard of Istanbul" by Elif Shafak


Here's a Book Summary: 

In her second novel written in English, Elif Shafak confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States. At its center is the "bastard" of the title, Asya, a nineteen-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French Existentialists, and the four sisters of the Kazanc─▒ family who all live together in an extended household in Istanbul: Zehila, the zestful, headstrong youngest sister who runs a tattoo parlor and is Asya's 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 Kazanc─▒ 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 Istanbul is a bold, powerful tale that will confirm Shafak as a rising star of international fiction. 

We will be meeting near Fisherman's Wharf at a wonderful coffee shop called Black Point Cafe with an incredible view on Sunday November 9th at 2pm. 

Stay tune for books to read in 2015!