Selim Özdogan: The Blacksmith's Daughter
Book one of the Anatolian Blues trilogy
Part one of the Anatolian Blues trilogy
Told with great affection for his characters, Selim Özdoğan's trilogy traces out the life of Gül, a Turkish girl who grows up in 1950s Anatolia and then moves to Germany as a migrant worker. Book one details her initially idyllic childhood, ruptured by her mother's early death. Ever close to her loving father, Gül grows into a warm-hearted, hard-working young woman.
The Blacksmith's Daughter is a novel full of carefree summers and hard winters, old wives' tales and young people's ambitions – the melancholy beauty and pain of an ordinary life.