Santiago, Esmeralda. The Turkish lover, A Memoir.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

SANTIAGO, Esmeralda. The Turkish lover, a memoir. Perseus, Da Capo. 347p. c2004. 0-306-81451-X. $14.95. SA

This is the third part of Santiago's memoirs, the others being When I Was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman, which are well known. This begins when Esmeralda was 21 years old and she left her mother and ten siblings to run off with an older man, her Turkish lover. The story ends when she graduated from Harvard some years later and finally was able to end that frequently claustrophobic relationship.

Ulvi, her Turkish lover, became a graduate student and he needed Esmeralda's skill as an editor and researcher to help him get his work done. They lived in Texas for a while, and then moved to Syracuse, NY, as he pursued his Ph.D. She knew she was being used and she tried at times to escape, but in his own way he was loving, so she was confused by the whole...

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