We recently posted a story about the authors of Expat Harem and their US tour. Now Fethiye Times interviews them to find out how it went.

We recently posted a story about the authors of Expat Harem and their US tour. Now Fethiye Times interviews them to find out how it went.

Jennifer Gokmen and Anastasia Ashman are the co authors of this years great read, Tales from the Expat Harem, a book all about women living in contemporary Turkey. Fethiye Times has interviewed the due about their US Tour and this is the second of three articles to be posted over the next week.

What was the high point of the whole tour – be honest?

AA: The entire tour was an adrenaline rush, but the launch and the finale  were highlights. New York’s Turkish Consulate General introduced the book in  America with a United Nations cocktail and signing for more than 80 people,  and seven weeks later we brought the tour full circle by ending with a  presentation and reception at the City University of New York for the Moon  and Stars Project’s festival of Turkish arts and culture.  Our dialogue with  the crowd of 60 was so engrossing that we had to be herded out by staffers  who wanted to lock up for the night!

JG: We had some jarring moments as well, with an Armenian woman in California attempting to solicit our opinion about the sensitive Armenian  issue in Turkey (though she also admitted that she too felt the magnetic  draw of Turkey when she had visited). A woman in Ohio asked us whether we  had received written permission from our husbands in order to do the tour…  Her daughter had lived in Iran where they have such regulations and had to  escape the country when her American husband refused to grant her  permission. This woman thought we were probably living under the same  conditions her daughter had, so it was a good opportunity to set people  straight about the living conditions in Turkey as we and our contributors  have experienced them.

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