Colors of Turkey. Expatriate Women Explain Turkey To The World

What’s the social climate of Turkey? Before committing business resources, many foreign investors and global executives need to accurately gauge the society of a country as well as its economic temperature

Now an internationally bestselling book reveals intimate and surprising intelligence about what foreigners can expect from life in Turkey.

Created in Istanbul by two American writers married to Turks, Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey invites you into the Turkey that 32 women from 7 nations know, spanning the entire country and the last four decades in true tales of cultural conflict and discovery. Women from diverse professions –archaeologists, missionaries, clothing designers, scholars, Peace Corps volunteers, journalists, entrepreneurs and more– illuminate their expatriate journeys of assimilation in humorous and poignant travelogue. Go to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road and even deep into the feminine powerbases of steamy Ottoman bathhouses.

Praised for its perceptive views on Turkish culture by professors to politicians (including Turkey’s own Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül), the collection is recommended worldwide by National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet Turkey (2007), the International Herald Tribune, and the Daily Telegraph (UK).

Top Turkish business executives like Demet Sabanci Çetindogan (VP of the Turkish Businesswomen’s Association, board member of BOSSA and owner of Fashion TV Turkey) gifts this entertaining book to executive and protocol counterparts, while embassies and consulates rely on Tales from the Expat Harem as an orientation text for incoming foreign service personnel.

In the first year of its release the Turkish-grown expatriate literature collection has become national #1 bestsellers in both Turkey (Dogan Kitap) and North America (Seal Press), and is a top 10 bestseller in the UK. It has also entered the halls of higher education in North America where it’s being studied in four universities. What do the women of Expat Harem divulge about Turkey that you need to know?