The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stefaniak
A Novel

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"Evokes a loving nostalgia for a closeness now lost."—Chicago Tribune

Every family has its secrets. But toward the end of his life, George decides to tell his daughter the story of his mother and the Turk. This initial revelation leads to a narrative tour de force that follows a family through four generations and around the world—through love, marriage, and betrayal, through illness, death, and war. Mary Helen Stefaniak's charming and flawed characters and the warmth of her prose will stay with readers long after they close the book. Reading group guide included.

About Mary Helen Stefaniak

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Mary Helen Stefaniak is the prize-winning author of The Turk and My Mother, Self Storage and Other Stories, and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia. She lives in Omaha and Iowa City.
Published June 17, 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company. 337 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That much becomes obvious when we jump ahead a few years ti find that Agnes has taken her children and gone to live with Josef in Milwaukee, and Tas manages to make his way to Wisconsin to visit her.

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Storytelling is at the heart of Stefaniak's (Self Storage and Other Stories ) lovingly crafted volume of three interwoven family tales (subtitled "A Novel"), which captures the history of a Croatian-American family settled in Milwaukee after World War I.

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