The Blacksmith's Daughter

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Part one of the Anatolian Blues trilogy Told with great affection for his characters, Selim Ã?zdogan's trilogy traces out the life of Gül, a Turkish girl who grows up in 1950s Anatolia and then moves to Germany as a migrant worker. Book one details her initially idyllic childhood, ruptured by her mother's early death. Ever close to her loving father, Gül grows into a warm-hearted, hard-working young woman. The Blacksmith's Daughter is a novel full of carefree summers and hard winters, old wives' tales and young people's ambitions - the melancholy beauty and pain of an ordinary life. 'Fatih Akin says of Selim Ã?zdogan's new novel: "If everyone read this book, the world would be a better place - more considerate, more liveable, more tolerant." Believe him!' Brigitte magazine.