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“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
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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: #3,978,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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 two daughters. She is the author of three textbooks in developmental psychology. Emerald - Scenes From A Marriage is the sequel to Turquoise - A Love Story, her first novel.

Customer Reviews

I must say I started reading this book because a friend of the author said it was awesome.
regina
What follows is the story of a women's single-minded determination to make her dreams come true.
Dr. Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Turquoise: A Love Story by Ayshe Talay-Ongon is a love story with a very cosmopolitan flair.
Shirley A. Worthen

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Weick 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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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 Fortheloveofbooks on May 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved a lot of things about this unique book, but above all I think it was the heroine, Yasmin, who really drew me in. She's a wonderful character: smart, sympathetic, big-hearted, courageous and honest, but most of all human. She feels deeply and passionately, and can make both inspired (and unwise) decisions because of it. It's Yasmin's soul and humanity that make this true-to-life novel so enjoyable.

The man Yasmin loves is married. To an awful unlikeable woman, that the reader can automatically dismiss?? No, to a friend Yasmin feels great affection for, making her situation (and the feelings of the reader) all-the-more frought and complex.

This is romance the way it happens in life, not in the movies.

Issues of fidelity, commitment and deceit are raised in the book. There are ethnic tensions, exotic locations, and beautiful mother/daughter relationships (including a heartwarming look at adoption).

You will question the decisions of the characters, you will question the ethics of infidelity, and you will question whether it is fair to deceive someone, anyone, in the name of love.

But while you might not agree with everything the lovers do, you can't help but adore them, and pray with all your heart that they will, somehow, find the happiness they seek.

I would highly recommend this book to all those thinking women out there who want a dose of something different, something real and soul-enriching, with their romance.

In a word: fantastic.
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