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Tales from the Expat Harem by Anastasia M. Ashman
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Sep 03, 12

Read from July 21 to September 03, 2012



I can't remember the last time I enjoyed an anthology of essays this much -- I began to pace myself in the second half so I wouldn't finish it so quickly. I started this book during my first 6-day trip to Turkey; reading it for weeks after we returned felt like an expansive and deepening continuation of my first experiences there. I particularly enjoyed how much Turkish language the storytellers weave into their tales; it reminds me that some concepts just don't translate and are best understood in their native language and cultural context. I also appreciate the reminder the deep personal transitions can be the outcome of struggles and intentional reflection. The breadth and diversity of the content and the authors is deeply satisfying. I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of Turkey and/or the expatriate experience.
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