An exciting translation of a feminist novel that renders a nuanced picture of the conflicting ideologies of 1970s Turkey.


A family dinner party in Adana, Turkey, is interrupted by a police raid, thrusting the lives of all involved into disarray.

This autobiographical novel first published in Turkish in 1975 is divided into three parts. The first section, “The Raid,” describes a dinner party hosted by Ali of Maraş. Ali’s wife, Gülşah, bustles around the kitchen to prepare a fulsome dinner, aided half-heartedly by her sister, Ziynet. Around the dining table are Ali’s two nephews, Hüseyin and Mustafa, who have fought their way out of their working-class backgrounds with their family’s support and become, respectively, a lawyer and a teacher. They are joined by Ziynet’s quiet husband, Zekeriya, and Oya—the sole outsider to the family—a journalist recently released from prison who was invited to dinner by Hüseyin on a whim. Family tensions fueled by political disagreement bubble and almost erupt but are arrested by a raid initiated by rumors that the dinner is a meeting of anarchists. The novel’s second part, “The Interrogation,” follows the attendees of the dinner party who are arrested during the raid. We spend the most time with Oya, who remembers the other women detained with her during her previous stint in prison. The novel also offers glimpses into the psyches of the captors and interrogators. The final section, “Dawn,” describes the consequences of the raid on the morning after. The novel shifts seamlessly between perspectives. The result is a complex portrait of 1970s Turkey that critiques the senseless violence inflicted by autocratic bureaucracy, with attention to the overlapping injustices of class, ethnicity, and gender that pervade and extend beyond the regime. Startling reflections on beauty and freedom are woven throughout.

An exciting translation of a feminist novel that renders a nuanced picture of the conflicting ideologies of 1970s Turkey.

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 2022

ISBN: 978-1953861-38-2

Page Count: 350

Publisher: Archipelago

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2022

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Through palpable tension balanced with glimmers of hope, Hoover beautifully captures the heartbreak and joy of starting over.

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The sequel to It Ends With Us (2016) shows the aftermath of domestic violence through the eyes of a single mother.

Lily Bloom is still running a flower shop; her abusive ex-husband, Ryle Kincaid, is still a surgeon. But now they’re co-parenting a daughter, Emerson, who's almost a year old. Lily won’t send Emerson to her father’s house overnight until she’s old enough to talk—“So she can tell me if something happens”—but she doesn’t want to fight for full custody lest it become an expensive legal drama or, worse, a physical fight. When Lily runs into Atlas Corrigan, a childhood friend who also came from an abusive family, she hopes their friendship can blossom into love. (For new readers, their history unfolds in heartfelt diary entries that Lily addresses to Finding Nemo star Ellen DeGeneres as she considers how Atlas was a calming presence during her turbulent childhood.) Atlas, who is single and running a restaurant, feels the same way. But even though she’s divorced, Lily isn’t exactly free. Behind Ryle’s veneer of civility are his jealousy and resentment. Lily has to plan her dates carefully to avoid a confrontation. Meanwhile, Atlas’ mother returns with shocking news. In between, Lily and Atlas steal away for romantic moments that are even sweeter for their authenticity as Lily struggles with child care, breastfeeding, and running a business while trying to find time for herself.

Through palpable tension balanced with glimmers of hope, Hoover beautifully captures the heartbreak and joy of starting over.

Pub Date: Oct. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-668-00122-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2022

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The years pass by at a fast and steamy clip in Blume’s latest adult novel (Wifey, not reviewed; Smart Women, 1984) as two friends find loyalties and affections tested as they grow into young women. In sixth grade, when Victoria Weaver is asked by new girl Caitlin Somers to spend the summer with her on Martha’s Vineyard, her life changes forever. Victoria, or more commonly Vix, lives in a small house; her brother has muscular dystrophy; her mother is unhappy, and money is scarce. Caitlin, on the other hand, lives part of the year with her wealthy mother Phoebe, who’s just moved to Albuquerque, and summers with her father Lamb, equally affluent, on the Vineyard. The story of how this casual invitation turns the two girls into what they call "Summer sisters" is prefaced with a prologue in which Vix is asked by Caitlin to be her matron of honor. The years in between are related in brief segments by numerous characters, but mostly by Vix. Caitlin, determined never to be ordinary, is always testing the limits, and in adolescence falls hard for Von, an older construction worker, while Vix falls for his friend Bru. Blume knows the way kids and teens speak, but her two female leads are less credible as they reach adulthood. After high school, Caitlin travels the world and can’t understand why Vix, by now at Harvard on a scholarship and determined to have a better life than her mother has had, won’t drop out and join her. Though the wedding briefly revives Vix’s old feelings for Bru, whom Caitlin is marrying, Vix is soon in love with Gus, another old summer friend, and a more compatible match. But Caitlin, whose own demons have been hinted at, will not be so lucky. The dark and light sides of friendship breathlessly explored in a novel best saved for summer beachside reading.

Pub Date: May 8, 1998

ISBN: 0-385-32405-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1998

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