The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak

Set in Istanbul, San Francisco and Arizona, this novel tells the story of two families, one Turkish, one Armenian American. Nineteen year old Armanoush secretly travels to Istanbul in order to feel more Armenian and see for herself how Turkish people view the 1915 Armenian genocide. Her visit leads to the uncovering of long hidden family secrets. The author was charged with “public denigration of Turkishness” in Turkey after the publication of this novel in 2006.  I listened to the

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RATING:  *** A good read
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