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Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey
     

Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey

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by Anastasia M. Ashman, Jennifer Eaton Gökmen
 

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As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations—artists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries,

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As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations—artists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and others—who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the “Orient,” describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities. Poignant, humorous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road, and deep into the feminine stronghold of steamy Ottoman bathhouses. The outcome is a stunning collection of voices from women suspended between two homes as they redefine their identities and reshape their worldviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580053303
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
07/22/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
859,600
File size:
688 KB

Meet the Author

ANASTASIA M. ASHMAN is a career essayist specializing in personal tales of cultural adventure. She has spent ten years working for literary agents and producers of film, television, and Broadway theater. She has been published in Cornucopia, a magazine for connoisseurs of Turkey, Dow Jones’ Far Eastern Economic Review, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Village Voice. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, she holds a degree in Classical Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr, and lives in Istanbul with her husband, Burc Sahinoglu.

JENNIFER EATON GOKMEN is a writer captivated by the people and customs of Turkey, her home for the past decade. For the past six years Ms. Gokmen has served as International Coordinator for the Kadikoy Municipality Annual Folkdance Festival showcasing two hundred ethnic dancers and musicians each summer. A native of Michigan, she holds a degree in Creative Writing and American and English Literature from Western Michigan University. She has been a regular contributor to the monthly city guide Time Out Istanbul. She lives with her husband, Bilgehan, in Istanbul.

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Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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It seems so many cultures are willfully misunderstanding each other these days, refusing to see what values they might have in common, or even what they might learn from each other. So it's wonderful to discover a book like this, which holds the key to understanding a Muslim culture from the perspective of mostly Western women. And even though it's jam packed with accurate and eye-opening cultural information about both Turkey and the backgrounds of the writers, it reads like the best 'pleasure reading', familiar and full of laughs, the kind of thing you'll want to zip through in a few hours!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to get this book in Istanbul from a friend... it is one of the best gifts I've ever received! I immediately bought 10 more copies and sent them to everyone I know who has ever wondered what my life here in Turkey is like, who ever wanted to travel (or does travel), and anyone who just enjoys a good story. If you have been a foreigner living abroad (or want to know what it's like), you will laugh out loud at the adventures these women have. As these women stake out their new lives and determine how-- and how much-- to assimilate, you feel you are right there with them. So many of the things that happened to them resonate with my own experiences, I felt as if I was reading about my own life! There are few books about American (or other nationality) expatriates that deal so honestly yet so enthusiastically about the experience of being a foreigner-- especially about being someone who really wants to learn to embrace the new country they live in. There is evidence of true cultural understanding in every story. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will make you laugh and make you cry, engaging all of your senses. It lures you into a delightful world that is both ancient & exotic as well as contemporary & urbane. The experiences these women have are strangely unique to us westerners. The writing is exceptional and held my interest througout. I didn't want it to end.