The Blacksmith's Daughter

Selim Ozdogan, Ayça Türkoglu (trans.), Katy Derbyshire (trans.)

The Blacksmith's Daughter
Upswell Publishing
5 January 2022

The Blacksmith’s Daughter

Selim Ozdogan, Ayça Türkoglu (trans.), Katy Derbyshire (trans.)

A close-knit family is transformed forever when its matriarch tragically dies, leaving behind a husband, Timur the blacksmith, and their three young daughters. The Blacksmith’s Daughter follows the life of the eldest daughter, G l, who is growing up in rural Turkey in the 1940s and ‘50s.

When Timur remarries, the girls’ new stepmother has none of their mother’s warmth, so G l feels compelled to take on the role of mother to her younger siblings. Their village upbringing is full of simple pleasures- summer evenings sat outside listening to the radio, games played in the street. But the world is evolving, and with an emerging focus on economic growth and prosperity as modernity creeps in, G l’s future is unknown. Through all the hardships and uncertainty, what remains ever-constant is the close bond she shares with her father, who deeply respects and cherishes his first-born.

The Blacksmith’s Daughter is an enchanting glimpse into how a young girl navigates loss, identity and altered family dynamics, while her simple way of life is changing too.

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