Anatolian Days & Nights
Angie Brenner and Joy Stocke
When Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner meet on the balcony of a guesthouse in a small resort town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, they think they have only a mutual friend and a summer dream in common.
Soon, they discover a shared love of travel, history, culture, cuisine, and literature; and they begin a ten-year odyssey through Turkey. Inspired by the poetry of thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi, Brenner and Stocke journey to central Turkey for the Whirling Dervishes Festival.
A visit to a Turkish bath becomes a lesson in sensuality and patience. Their interest in the cults of the mother goddess takes them to Ephesus, the Black Sea, and east into Mesopotamia. Through intuition, experience, and a bit of serendipity, Brenner and Stocke find excitement, friendship, and love, and learn how and why Turkey–a country that holds the keys to Western Civilization–continues to grow in world importance.
Travel writing with literary value, Anatolian Days and Nights will appeal to armchair travelers as well as those about to hit the road.
Joy E. Stocke is founder and Editor in Chief of the online magazine, Wild River Review. She has published fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and has written about and lectured widely on her travels in Greece and Turkey, as well as religion, ancient and modern. She is the author of a bi-lingual book of poems, Cave of the Bear, translated into Greek by Lili Bita; and a novel, Ugly Cookies, co-written with Fran Metzman. More Info
Angie Brenner is West Coast Editor for the online magazine,Wild River Review. Her many interviews include Nobel Prizewinners Muhammad Yunus and Orhan Pamuk, artist James Hubbell, journalist Stephen Kinzer, and writers Pico Iyer and Elif Shafk. More Info
In their vivid memoir, Joy Stocke, a travel writer from New Jersey; and Angie Brenner, a former travel bookstore owner from California, document their travels through Turkey, spanning nearly 10 years and stretching from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean coast, and from the Iranian border to Istanbul…Every destination on their itinerary is home to ghosts of Turkey’s past, but the friends also take time to enjoy ”whitewashed façades tinged sienna in the late afternoon sun” and ”breeze[s] rustl[ing] through the cobbled streets.” Over-eager guides embody the country’s tumultuous national identity–a mélange of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, Turks, and more–and descriptions of the past weaved into the present provide a rich portrait of the region. —Publisher’s Weekly
”There is a lot to be said for two women, one married with children, the other single, who choose to travel through a country where such a thing provokes shock, distrust, and assumptions about the flexibility of their moral character. The two handle awkward or frightening situations with grace and intelligence.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
‘Compassionate, nuanced, tender and informative, this book will change your perspective on contemporary Turkey.” — Elif Shafak, author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Black Milk.