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My Blue Peninsula is a confession that fills seven notebooks. In them, Dora Giraud tries to explain to her adult daughters why she remains in Istanbul after escaping death at the hands of extremists, and why she risks her life to campaign for the truth about the Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian genocides, ferociously denied for a century by the Turkish state.
Dora’s desperate need to understand her family history is the thread that binds this story’s conflicting fragments. As the direct descendant of the genocides’ victims and perpetrators, she carries a tangled legacy of loss and betrayal, lies and ill-gotten gains. With this confession, she hopes to set her daughters free. But can she?
My Blue Peninsula is Maureen Freely’s fourth novel set in Istanbul, the city of her childhood. In each, a character from the sidelines of the preceding novel takes centre stage to probe a mystery left pending. We first met Dora in Sailing Through Byzantium as the observant daughter of a famously bohemian household who could not, then, speak the truth.
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