Adalet grapples tremendous change. Hers is the universal 20th century woman’s dilemma of repeatedly repositioning herself. As she is forced out from the western provinces of the weakening Ottoman Empire and into the heart of Anatolia and the establishment of the new Turkish Republic, Adalet embodies both the dreams and struggles of the 20th century woman. She is disowned for her love. She fights for the new ideals of tomorrow and for her children. She is engendered by war and an era that gave Turkish women a secular voice even before much of the west. But she never is able to buck the traditions and dilemmas faced by a woman determined to own her independence. Adalet was born into the grace and education of high Ottoman society, where European ideals fostered the uprising of the Young Turks. She is one of the many builders, wives, and mothers of the new state whose bold pride secured a revolution. As Adalet's life folds dreams into deception, love into rejection, and birth into loss it is her inner strength, a spirit forged in both East and West that stands down and rebuilds from the deception, vice, jealousy, rejection, and the loss of one child and the death of another. Can she find the inner strength she needs? In a collision of East and West, the fantastic tales of Adalet’s story connect as intricately as designs in Anatolia’s carpets. She moves from harem to skyscraper, from star-crossed girl who elopes with the blacksmith’s son to a governor’s wife to a divorcee who finds herself penniless by mid-life. Can she outlive the losses? Will her spirit prevail?
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About the Author
Author/educator, Judy Light Ayyildiz, conducts writing and women’s seminars in the USA and in Turkey. Internationally published and anthologized, she has been a literary magazine editor, a writers’ conference founder, a musical director for a student group touring Poland through the Friendship Ambassadors and a director of a USA nationally recognized choir of medical wives. Her eleven published books in various genres sprung from her life and teaching. A cross-cultural triumph-over-trauma memoir, Nothing but Time, was 2002 Virginia College Bookstores’ Award Nominee, Virginia Outstanding Book Award Nominee and the runner-up in the Duquesne University Emerging Writers Series. Her third volume of poetry, Mud River, was highly acclaimed by the renowned Fred Chappell and William Packard. Leyla Ismier Ozcengiz translated her 10th book and 1st novel, Forty Thorns into Turkish, titled, Kirk Diken, making Remzi’s best selling list and winner of a 1st Place in an international novel award. Her eleventh book, Intervals, Appalachia to Istanbul , was nominated for the Library of Virginia 2016 poetry award. Judy’s honors include, Woman of Achievement-Education 2010, Va. Com. Of Arts, poetry and short story prizes, Daughters of Ataturk, Turkish Forum, Jim Wayne Miller Poetry Prize, College Bookstores Best Book Finalist, Gusto Poet Discovery Winner, Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Prize Winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, Fellow VCCA, and 2012 Winner International Best Book Awards Winner for Literary Fiction. Her many lectures and workshops for writing and Women’s Studies include Eastern Mediterranean. Univ.-Cyprus/ the American. Turkish Embassy-Ataturk Society-Washington, DC/ Florida-North Carolina and NYC Turkish Associations/ Kirklareli/ Istanbul/ Izmir/ Gaziantep/ Ege Univ./ international schools of Istanbul/ American Women of Istanbul/ Turk-American Univ. Women of Istanbul/ American. University. Women/ Anadolu Univ. and the Turkish Army/ Turkish Rotary Clubs/ Guilford NC/ Turkish League of America at NYC Consulate/ Radford University/ Roanoke College/ C-Span Book TV/ Hollins Univ.Women’s Center and Hollins Summer Programs/ Marshall University/Roanoke Women’s Coalition, and Artist-in-Residence for The Virginia Commission for the Arts.