By Deena ElGenaidi
OCT 2019 | Books
Jones takes us through his childhood and adolescence, through feelings of shame and sadness, through incidents in which he learns he would never belong or find peace within certain groups and social circles. The story draws you in as he talks about his relationship with his evangelical grandmother and how her beliefs contrast with the Buddhist beliefs of his mother. Joness story becomes particularly heartbreaking in the ways he discusses his mother, her struggle to understand his sexuality, and the sacrifices she makes for him as a single mother.
By Hasan Güçlü Kaya, translated from the Turkish by Mustafa Ziyalan.
DEC 19-JAN 20 | Poetry
Hasan Güçlü Kaya was born in Turkey in 1975. He is the author of “Ölümsüz” (Immortal), a book of poems, and lives in Istanbul.