On the same lines
The more I miss you, the more I’m becoming like you. Guess what! Now I am trying to adopt your ways of living. Visiting your favourite places. Ordering your favourite food at the restaurant.
📖Book Review📖 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sarah Jessica Parker’s next book under her imprint, SJP for Hogarth, is a powerful collection of short stories written behind bars by Selahattin Demirtaş, one of Turkey’s leading politicians. These stories are a reflection of current times, and most are heartbreaking and difficult to read, but nonetheless powerful and necessary. Nazan the Cleaning Lady stuck with me in that it is one of the few stories that have a positive outcome, as most end in devastation, which should be expected.
Demirtaş was able to work humor into some of these stories, some he tells it like it is. I found myself chuckling at a few lines. The writing here is succinct, beautiful, and inspiring. I don’t know that I can say I have a favorite story, as I liked them all. The most heartbreaking and powerful one by far is the title story, about a woman, Seher (which means ‘Dawn’), whose dreams are taken from her and eventually so is her life. Mermaid definitely comes in a close second, about a mother and her child attempting to escape Syria via a boat.
I believe the Goodreads synopsis sums up these stories best - Selahattin Demirtaş’s arresting stories capture the voices of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. So I will leave it at that, along with a recommendation that you must add this to your collection on Tuesday, 4/23/19 when this book comes out.
Thank you to Hogarth for an advanced copy to review. All opinions above are my own.