On Freedom Street is
a novel about Mehmet, a Turkish boy,
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
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.
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;
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