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The Carpet Weaver of Usak by Kathryn Gauci
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction

Earlier this year I read Kurt Seyit and Sura, set during the Russian Revolution and moving into Ataturk’s war for Turkish independence. Kurt Seyit shows the Russia, the Crimea, and Istanbul through the eyes of a wealthy soldier and his lover. The Carpet Weaver of Usak is a much more intimate book. It looks at life in Anatolia in two villages, Stavrodromi and Pınarbaşı, joined by a common fountain in which Greek Orthodox Christians and Turkish Muslims live in harmony. The towns are small enough and remote enough that they are sheltered from most world news. Things change war breaks out between Greece and Turkey, and external politics rock the foundations of this two hamlets and shatter lives as husbands, sons, and brothers are forcefully conscripted to fight. Underlying the big story of the war is the friendship between Christian Aspasia and Muslim Saniye, two women who, like many of the women in these two towns, are carpet weavers. Author Gauci demonstrates a firm knowledge of the culture of Anatolia as well as the carpet-weaving process. She brings to life the struggles of refugees and their emotional journeys to build new lives in which they must walk a fine line between remembering and forgetting their pasts. I highly recommend this gripping tale.

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November 20, 2018 – Finished Reading
November 21, 2018 – Shelved

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