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It’s 1984 and life is quiet for 17-year-old Osman; the summer is winding down and he is preparing for school to start up. But then, at a traditional wedding celebration, Osman meets Leyla, the girl who steals his heart. Theirs is no ordinary relationship, as their lives are soon turned upside down by the Communist regime ruling Bulgaria. As an ethnic group, Turks are about ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Selatin Softa
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Jacqueline Rhoades
Sep 09, 2014 Jacqueline Rhoades rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful and Enlightening Tale


It's 2:00 in the morning and I've just finished Selatin Softa's Crack in the Curtain. I was both moved and fascinated by this compelling fictional account of a young Turk in the Bulgaria of the 1980s - so different from my own life here in the States. You can hear Mr. Softa's native tongue in the telling of this tale and while some of the grammar may seem odd to our English speaking ears, I honestly felt that his descriptions, and the cadence of his voice, helpe
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Colleen
Sep 23, 2014 Colleen rated it liked it
This book is a fictional account of what a young man goes through during the forced Name Change in Bulgaria in 1984 and what life is like for him.

Normally I would not pick up this type of book to read, but since it was written by the husband of a friend and someone that I have met, I wanted to read it.

I will start by saying as an English/Language Arts teacher I had a hard time reading the book at times. There were many grammatical errors through out the book, but I kept reminding myself that i
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Jennifer
Oct 11, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
I admit I did not know a lot about Bulgaria and what was going on during the 1980's. Mr. Softa does a great job of setting the scene and describing the events of this time. I thought it was well done for a first time author.
Amy Softa
Sep 07, 2014 Amy Softa rated it it was amazing
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This is an abbreviated version of a much longer review that will be posted on my blog, www.readwhatilike.com, on 9/8/14. Full disclosure, I am the wife of the author, but my review is an honest opinion of the book, Crack in the Curtain. Overall this is a good story, one that needed to be told to honor the memory and events that took place in Bulgaria during the Name Change Campaign, the forced assimilation of the ethnic Turks of the country. The Story centers around a young man named Osman, who ...more
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Selatin Softa, a Turk, was born and grew up in the small town of Kru- movgrad, Bulgaria, during the 1960s and 1970s. In his early teen years, he started the daunting task of learning English through listening to the Voice of America radio broadcasts and correspondence courses out of So- fia, the capital of Bulgaria. He spent a year in Sweden as a refugee near the end of Bulgaria’s despicable name ...more
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