The Turkish Lover by Esmeralda Santiago

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Enthralled admirers of Esmeralda Santiago's memoirs of her childhood have yearned to read more. Now, in The Turkish Lover, Esmeralda finally breaks out of the monumental struggle with her powerful mother, only to elope into the spell of an exotic love affair. At the heart of the story is Esmeralda's relationship with "the Turk," a passion that gradually becomes a prison out of which she must emerge to become herself. The expansive humanity, earthy humor, and psychological courage that made Esmeralda's first two books so successful are on full display again in The Turkish Lover.

About Esmeralda Santiago

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Esmeralda Santiago is the author of two memoirs, When I Was Puerto Rican and The Turkish Lover, and the novel Conquistadora. A resident of Westchester County, New York, she is married to filmmaker Frank Cantor and is the mother of two adult children, jazz guitarists Lucas and Ila.
Published March 17, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 360 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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She knows her action will shock her mother, who, though never married herself, hopes her daughter will wed, but Santiago is too much in love to care.

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Santiago also sees that she has traded one authoritarian figure, her mother, for another: Dogan ''controlled the money I made, how I ate, what I wore, what I said, when I said it.'' Santiago is even forbidden to answer the phone.

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"I will teach you everything," says Santiago's lover, the Turkish filmmaker Ulvi Dogan.

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Santiago’s descriptions are rich: a co-worker in Texas is “a black-haired, hazel-eyed, peachy-skinned young woman with teeth the same brown color as Tata’s nicotine-stained fingertips.” The reader becomes well acquainted with the 1970s Esmeralda and her struggles, such as the great loss she feels...

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