What Survives

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Pub Date 12 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 30 May 2022

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Adalet Ulusoy is recovering from severe burns to her legs, the death of her parents, and the loss of her unborn child, all resulting from a massive earthquake on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey.

When her husband deserts her for another woman, his wealthy family sends her to live in a vacant home they own in the pottery village of Avanos. In Avanos, Adalet meets the formidable blind and elderly Fatma. Fatma is the grandmother of a teenage budding artist, Meryem. Adalet discovers Meryem's talent through Meryem's mischievous behavior.

Adalet convinces Fatma that art school will be much better for Meryem than an arranged marriage. With Fatma's help, and against the backdrop of a changing and developing Turkey, Adalet and Meryem move to Istanbul so that Meryem can study art. There they meet an American art professor from New York City. Through love, mentorship and the horrifying events of September 11th, their lives are forever changed.

Adalet Ulusoy is recovering from severe burns to her legs, the death of her parents, and the loss of her unborn child, all resulting from a massive earthquake on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey.

When...


A Note From the Publisher

Phyllis M Skoy is the author of two novels set in Turkey, What Survives and its prequel, As They Are. She is currently writing the third in the series, A Coup, to complete A Turkish Trilogy.

She is also the author of Myopia, a memoir. Skoy's fascination with Turkey took hold the first time she set foot on Turkish soil in 1998.

She discovered a story that provided a window into turbulent times, and she became captivated with why “we create magnificent cultures and then destroy them.”

Skoy is a retired psychoanalyst living in Placitas, New Mexico.

Phyllis M Skoy is the author of two novels set in Turkey, What Survives and its prequel, As They Are. She is currently writing the third in the series, A Coup, to complete A Turkish Trilogy.

She...


Advance Praise

"When reading either fiction or nonfiction, unless writing is good—really good—I stop reading. What Survives is a book I could not put down." –Thomas Ogden, author of The Parts left Out and The Hands of Gravity and Chance

"What Survives takes the reader on an inspiring journey of transformation as Adalet finds her voice and command as a woman. The sights, tastes, and politics of modern Turkey add to this extraordinary story's power. This novel will transport you!" –Lynn C. Miller, author of The Day After Death, The Fool's Journey, and The Unmasking

"Astonishing—a novel of great integrity and insight, beautifully written, turbulent, and so relevant for our times." –Carolyn Flynn, author of Searching for Persephone and You've Gone Too Far

"An intriguing tale of a Turkish woman's experience at the turn of the 21st century, this novel catches the attention in subtle and delightful ways. The beauty shown is that, though the customs be strange, life is not so different no matter the country." –U.S. Review of Books

"When reading either fiction or nonfiction, unless writing is good—really good—I stop reading. What Survives is a book I could not put down." –Thomas Ogden, author of The Parts left Out and The Hands...


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I received this book as an ARC from Black Rose Writing through NetGalley. The book is now out for everyone to enjoy!
For me, this was a 5 star read! It is well written, and easy to read- the events flow flawlessly.
This story follows Adelet, a young university graduate in Turkey who has experienced several profound losses. She is a likeable character and I found myself cheering for her as she navigated herself - seemingly without much intention- out of a possible deep well of bitterness and sadness. At the height of her happiness, tragedy strikes again with a death in her circle and the September 11 terror attack. Adelet must navigate both the private and public event, and finds herself with many challenges both internal and external. This is the moment where a book heroine often rises up and masterfully slays all opposition, and self doubt. Adelet, on the other hand, is entirely human and ultimately her own flaws and experiences do get in the way of a fairytale type ending, which is refreshing,(but also disappointing for the reader!) and reflects so much of life for so many people. We often imagine how we might react to situations, but when placed in them, our behavior is not what we predicted, expected, or wanted. I loved this part of her character, as I really felt like she was a person I could relate to.
While the main story does center around Adelet and her development as an independent woman, the author addresses many "current" topics throughout- Turkish traditions, Muslim customs, LBGTQIA, and the September 11 terror attack. All of this was somehow done without being patronizing or maudlin. Probably one of my favorite parts of the book was masterful descriptions of the food consumed. I think this would make a good book club book, with lots of different themes to discuss, and topics to address.
this review has also been shared to Amazon (not up yet) and on Goodreads (good reads wouldn't link) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4671080073?book_show_action=false and linked in my twitter account. https://twitter.com/holly_taggart/status/1515311556384415746
as well as featured several times on my tik tok account where it has gotten over 375 unique views. (its a small account but growing)

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Adalet Ulusoy is recovering from severe burns to her legs, the death of her parents, and the loss of her unborn child, all resulting from a massive earthquake on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey.
When her husband deserts her for another woman, his wealthy family sends her to live in a vacant home they own in the pottery village of Avanos. In Avanos, Adalet meets the formidable blind and elderly Fatma. Fatma is the grandmother of a teenage budding artist, Meryem. Adalet discovers Meryem's talent through Meryem's mischievous behaviour.
Adalet convinces Fatma that art school will be much better for Meryem than an arranged marriage. With Fatma's help, and against the backdrop of a changing and developing Turkey, Adalet and Meryem move to Istanbul so that Meryem can study art. There they meet an American art professor from New York City. Through love, mentorship and the horrifying events of September 11th, their lives are forever changed. Utterly unique, exquisitely crafted and quietly powerful. I loved it and want everyone to read this novel!

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