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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921829060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921829062
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,005,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews

“In this literary love story set in California and Turkey, a determined, independent Turkish woman turns her trials and tribulations into a life of fulfillment. Talay-Ongan cleverly balances the deep fervor of Yasmin’s feelings for Renan with the reality of setting up a professional center and managing day-to-day life. While the narrative hints at political issues impacting both Yasmin and Renan, the focus of the story doesn’t deviate from their overpowering emotional affair…The characters are strong and intelligently written. Yasmin, the compelling protagonist, serves as a wise narrator—a resilient, self-aware woman who overcomes obstacles to achieve the goals she sets for herself. Their interactions are written with an ornate, lyrical quality… a book of love poetry. An elegant, intelligent romance…” —Kirkus Reviews

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"...Written with an ornate, lyrical quality... a book of love poetry. An elegant, intelligent romance..." ­--Kirkus Reviews
 
A big, powerful novel of love, angst, political unrest and ethnic hatred.

 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
A love story worth reading; believable with incredible characters whom the reader will not easily forget. The dialogue between characters is authentic, down to earth. "Turquoise" is a love story that readers will embrace and they will surely want more stories like it from the author.


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

More About the Author

Ayshe Talay-Ongan Ph.D. is a psychologist and has enjoyed a long and rich academic, research and clinical career. She still loves teaching and rarely turns down an event that she's been asked to contribute to. She's lived in Istanbul, New York City, San Francisco, Paris and Florence, but Sydney is where she's made her home with her husband and daughters, and cat Simba. She is the author of three textbooks in developmental psychology. Turquoise A Love story is her first lovel, but she says, not her last.

Customer Reviews

Turquoise: A Love Story by Ayshe Talay-Ongon is a love story with a very cosmopolitan flair.
Shirley A. Worthen
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.
Kara Griffin
She should have started a lot sooner, because this novel delighted me, and i want to read more!
QueeNeT

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DubaiReader on June 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was sent a free Kindle version of this book through NetGalley and out of respect to them, the publishers and the author, I forced myself to read all 450 pages. In my opinion this was not a well written book and I struggled to finish it. Although my review is not favourable, I feel I owe it to future readers to report honestly and without bias so that they can make their own decisions.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By QueeNeT on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has a Romeo and Juliet theme with one major difference: its message is that love wins over hate.I don't want to give anything away, but this lyrical novel tackes personal and political issues with equal force. I see that the author has written academic books before - too bad! She should have started a lot sooner, because this novel delighted me, and i want to read more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CemStar on March 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
It was very easy to read. Once i started, it was difficult to put the book down.
A great love story about the love for a man, for a child and for life.
Can't wait for the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Architectural on March 15, 2012
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I was hooked from page one of this novel, and kept on identifying with Yasmin and her struggles, her accomplishments and her determination. It spurs reflection into what we want in life and what we really do to reach our goals. Inspirational as it is engaging (and funny!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara Griffin on July 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
During the summer months, in particular, I am drawn to romantic and/or adventure pieces that can take me to a different part of the world, make me escape in a relationship and simply entertain me. Turquoise - A Love Story was recommended to me as a novel that would do just that. About two chapters in, I was hooked on wanting to see if "love at first sight" and/or "true love" really exist. Upon reading more about the unique, intelligent and strong protagonist - Yasmin I found that the underlying love story was really just one level of this multi-faceted book.

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.

Janet Shapiro
Mag NUM Inc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A. Worthen on July 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Paperback, 441 pages
Published February 2012 by Sid Harta Publishers
ISBN
1921829060
edition language
English

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.
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