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The bastard of Istanbul
Elif Shafak
Adult Fiction SHAFAK

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main characters Zeliha Kazanci
Female
Rebel
Youngest daughter; headstrong; has a child out of wedlock; refuses to name the father of her child; runs a tattoo parlor.

Asya
Female
Age: 19
Zeliha's daughter; loves Johnny Cash and French existentialism; friends with intellectuals; hangs out at coffeehouses.

Banu Kazanci
Female
Muslim
Zeliha's sister; discovers herself as a clairvoyant.

Cevriye Kazanci
Female
Widow
Zeliha and Banu's sister; teaches history in the high school.
Teacher

Feride Kazanci
Female
Hypochondriac
Zeliha, Banu and Cevriye's sister; obsessed with impending disasters.

Mustafa Kazanci
Male
Married
Brother to the Kazanci sisters; sent to America to avoid the family curse; married a woman with a daughter.

Armanoush
Female
Armenian American
Mustafa's step-daughter; spends a lot of time with her Armenian father; searching for her identity; wants to learn about her family's history; becomes friends with Asya.



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