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Turquoise: A love story Paperback – January 31, 2012
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From Kirkus Reviews
An engrossing work. Look out for the sequel, Emerald, which is currently underway.
Wendy O'Hanlon, Acres Australia
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorites 18 March '12
Turquoise is not a simple romance but a tale of passion and love - the love of a child, a job, two countries and a man. --Dot Whittington, The Weekender
With characters who come across as completely flawed and human, you will be pulled into this well-written novel that runs the full gamut of emotions and relationships. --John Morrow's Pick of the Week
Turquoise is a beautifully written novel: an unconventional love story set partially in Turkey and partially in the USA. It is about unrequited love, marriages of convenience, family love, love for a child.
Chris Broadribb, NSW Writers' Centre Newsletter
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Top Customer Reviews
So, why did I dislike this book so much? Well, it was extremely wordy, over 150 pages too long, and incredibly self indulgent. A lot of the conversation I found quite immature and the endless ranting about the main character's 'one and only true Love' (with a capital L) was almost impossible to read. She pined after him for endless pages, especially in the last third of the book. I hate to skim read but at times I could do little else.
"My eighteen hours with him...skin on skin, breath in breath. Pristine and ordained. Brimming, Hieros Gamos, sacred union of the beloveds. Our bodies feel like a Homecoming with one another, like a cherished poem remembered verse and line. A sense of deep familiarity, of knowing and awaiting for from a time immemorial." Grammar and punctuation accurately copied.
The story begins in the early 1980s, although it is not until 100 pages into the book that we discover this.
Yasmin (who calls herself Yas when she talks *a lot* to herself), is a Turkish national who moved to the US with her parents to study in an American university. Her father is the Turkish Consul General and the family settle in Los Angeles. Her brother, Memo, stays in America but Yasmin eventually returns to Turkey to work as a child psychologist. She runs into an old school friend, Ani, and her husband, Renan. From this moment on she is smitten with Renan.Read more ›
The relationships Yasmin forges from her lifelong schoolmate Ani to her dear friends she develops along her professional career as a Psychology Professor such as Carol to her strong family ties between her beloved parents and tenacious brother, Memo add a rich complexity to the story. Other areas explored is the political unrest of decades between Armenia and Turkey which brings the turmoil very close to home in California in the 80's - an animosity and vendetta (s) that I was not fully aware of prior to reading Turquoise; as well as motherhood and infertility challenges. The protagonist does enter into tenuous territories with infidelity and breastfeeding adopted children which made me actually like the character even more as she is so willing to share her vulnerabilities - making her quite human. The frankness and openness in which the author writes and portrays the lives of the characters makes you feel "as if " you really just might "know" them.
With abundant curiosity and doing more research on the author, Ayshe Talay-Ongan, I found that this story was actually based on her life which makes this novel that much more compelling and quite literally fascinating. Upon reading the last paragraph, I am left with wanting to know more about Yasmin and "her" Renan and how the rest of their years unfold.
Mag NUM Inc.
Published February 2012 by Sid Harta Publishers
Note: A copy of this novel was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for purpose of review.
Turquoise: A Love Story by Ayshe Talay-Ongon is a love story with a very cosmopolitan flair. While the central focus is Turkey, the events in this novel take place in countries spanning the globe. The story is set in the 1970's and 1980's; a very tumultuous time for relations between those from Turkey and Armenia resulting in acts of violence and bloodshed. Our heroine, Yasmin, is a very confident, highly educated and independent person full of resilience to the difficult conditions and situations surrounding her; quite reminiscent of today's "modern woman". She has grown up in Turkey, and lived in New York City as well.
Yasmin is prone to superfluous relationships and one night stands; in her never ending quest to find "Mr. Right". Through a chance encounter, she runs into a friend from school days and her husband. She immediately feels as if she has met her soulmate; albeit an unattainable one who happens to be married to one of her best friends. The three develop a very close relationship in which Yasmin spends much of her time with the couple and their young son. The fact that they are Armenians poses no obstacle to their friendship, despite hate crimes and strife between the two nationalities at that point in time. Yasmin and her friend never even gave those prejudices a thought back in their school days; nor do they now.
When her close friends move back to Australia for better employment opportunities; Yasmin has much soul searching to do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a thrilling book - full of honest emotion and passion. Vivid descriptions of relationships and cultural conflicts. Read morePublished 18 months ago by GG
I found this poetically written. In my opinion, it reads more like a diary than a story to me, but I enjoyed the story greatly. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
A truly heart warming story of true love that spans several decades. Love endures much in this story! A very real life tale!Published on November 25, 2012 by Irene Martin
Author Ayshe Talay-Ongan's down to earth yet mildly abstract novel, follows the seemingly star-crossed relationship between a young woman and her old friend's husband. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Amy Edelman
The only reason I do NOT rate some books is because the books end at 97% or less and I refuse to page forward to the ratings page. This book was well written and I enjoyed it. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Grannyannie
Interesting concept....I originally liked the main character, but it is such a slow read. It's almost should have been broken down into more books rather than a daily, yearly... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by reader1
Usually before I download a book to read, I'll read all the reviews and pretty much know if I'll like the book or not before reading. Because I really hate NOT finishing a book. Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Lisa Colvin
Loving this love story - find a comfy spot and curl up in your pj's with this book, because you won't be getting up until you finish!Published on July 16, 2012 by Marissa DeCuir
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
Ayshe Talay-Ongan has a very unique writing style that makes Turquoise an easy read. Read more