2011 Türkan Saylan Awards in Arts and Sciences: Arts Award in Literature

Doğa, daughter of environmentalist, idealist parents, starts to wonder about her family’s history full of secrets when she meets an old lady in the botanical garden of her parents. The story that begins with her grandfather in the 1940s starts to unfold as Doğa begings to put together the different episodes of the story. Now Doğa understands why her father and uncle are so distant to each other, and the truth behind the mysterious woman from Ankara…

Readers of all ages enjoy books by Zeynep Cemali who left her undeniable mark on Turkish literature. She is reaching her readers with her last novel. The story built around the fluctuations between the childhood and adolescence years of Doğa, the daughter of an of environmentalist, idealist family, takes the reader to fruit orchards, flower greenhouses and family relations wrapped with love of nature. The novel relates the exceptional stories of ordinary people reminding us how prejudices can mask the truth.



Zeynep Cemali

Zeynep Cemali, born in 1950, proved her talent as a story writer and successfully applied her original story-telling also into her novels. She has reached readers of all ages through her books with high circulation figures. Cemali died in 2009, leaving behind her last novel Woman From Ankara.

Other Books

53rd edition

Ballı Çörek Kafeteryası

Honey Cookie Café
Zeynep Cemali
41st edition

Patenli Kız

The Girl On Roller-Skates
Zeynep Cemali
11th edition

Güzelce’de Bir Kaçak, Memo

Memo, a Runaway In Güzelce
Zeynep Cemali
34th edition

Ben, Çınar Ağacı ve Pufböreği

Puff Pastry, the Oak Tree and Me
Zeynep Cemali
19th edition

Gül Sokağı’nın Dikenleri

The Thorns of Rose Street
Zeynep Cemali
31st edition

Çılgın Babam

My Eccentric Dad
Zeynep Cemali
21st edition

Öykü Öykü Gezen Kedi

The Cat is Strolling Through Stories
Zeynep Cemali