"The Bastard of Istanbul" is a compelling novel by award-winning author Elif Shafak. The story follows the lives of two young women, Asya and Armanoush, who are connected by a deep family secret. Asya is a rebellious and headstrong young woman living in Istanbul, while Armanoush is an Armenian-American struggling to reconcile her identity with her family's past.
As the two women's stories intertwine, they uncover long-buried family secrets and confront the legacy of the Armenian genocide. Shafak's writing is rich and lyrical, exploring themes of identity, family, and the complex history of Turkey and Armenia.
"The Bastard of Istanbul" is a must-read for fans of contemporary fiction and anyone interested in exploring the complexities of identity and family in a globalized world.