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Set in Constantinople in the dying days of the Ottoman
empire, Halideís Gift is the story of a family with
a secret, and a society in turbulent transition. At the
heart of Frances Kazanís beguiling novel are two sistersóone
flamboyant and mischievous, the other shy and full of
dreamsóbound by an extraordinary friendship and torn apart
by their love of radically different men. In the tradition
of Tracy Chevalierís Girl with a Pearl Earring,
Halideís Gift is an intimate portrait of a young
woman of restrained passions and fiercely independent mind.
A vibrant fusion of history and fiction, it tells the story
of the legendary Halide Edib, the daughter of Sultan
Abdulhamidís first secretary, whose allegiance to the
spiritual and traditional world of her mother and
grandmother was destined to collide with the tantalizing
promise of freedom.
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