On Freedom Street is a novel about Mehmet, a Turkish boy, who travels from the snowy mountain village of his birth to the warm Mediterranean city of Adana, and from the comforting presence of his mother into the world of other women.
One of ten children, Mehmet was raised in humble surroundings by a mother whose husband vanished years ago.
Innocent, observant, and profoundly nonjudgmental, Mehmet is never one to question his circumstances. Life is something that unfolds, and he accepts its cruelties and sorrows as well as its strange magic and surprise.
Written with a delicate, quiet compassion and a stunning depth of honesty, On Freedom Street is a book about honor, love and loyalty. But equally it is a book about women—women as mysterious and wise creature who, in very quiet, unobtrusive ways, keep the world steady and alive.
Born in Ankara, Turkey, Yesho Atil moved to the United States at the age of eleven. She earned a BA and an MFA from the University of Alabama and teaches English and creative writing at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where she now lives.
On Freedom Street, by Yesho Atil
ISBN 978-1-59766-032-7, Paper: $14.95; March 2008
Eastern Washington University Press
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Spokane, WA 99202
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