Sabahat, a beautiful young Muslim woman, is known in her family for her intelligence, drive, and stubbornness. She believes there is more in store for her life than a good marriage and convinces her parents to let her pursue her education, rare for young Turkish women in the 1920s. But no one - least of all Sabahat herself - expects that in the course of her studies she will fall for a handsome Armenian student named Aram.
After precious moments alone together, their love begins to blossom. Try as she might to simplify her life and move on, Sabahat has no choice but to follow her heart's desire. But Aram is Christian, and neither family approves.
With only hope to guide their way, they defy age-old traditions, cross into dangerous territory, and risk everything to find their way back to each other. One of Turkey's most beloved authors brings us an evocative story of two star-crossed lovers inspired by her own family's history.
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By Havinggreatfun on 17-07-18
I really got into this story! Now for "Joy" to be translated into English!
I would rate this book as PG - 13 (or older!), because there were a few parts that were a bit racy. Most of the book is appropriate for any age, if it is being read aloud and the parent is good at editing as they read. The last chapter makes me believe this book is based on real lives, which I somehow hadn't realized. If you like books rich in culture, family dynamics, love, hope, tragedy, and flawed, but beautiful, people, I highly recommend this book. Thanks for writing this, Ayse!