A Cross Cultural Romance of 1950s Turkey



"Set in a beautiful and exotic country besieged by political and religious struggles, Loveswept is a compelling story of a young Turkish woman's romantic encounters that transcend deep cultural differences. A must read. Once you start, you won't be able to put it down."
-- Helen S. Astin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCLA, co-author of Women of Influence, Women of Vision

"Loveswept beautifully portrays how the political and cultural transformation of a country deeply impacts personal lives. Standing at the crossroads between traditional values and a modern life, Neri must battle societal expectations on women as well as overcome her fears. Her journey is a journey of reclaiming one's own identity."
-- Almila Ozdek, Ph.D. English, George Washington University

Loveswept expands on political and social events in 1950s Turkey "with an international dimension that has matured and deepened in every aspect, giving a thorough insight into social and political life.... The sızzling emotions in the foreground do not fall into sentimentality."
-- Belma Ötüs Baskett, Professor, Humanities Department, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Loveswept chronicles Turkey's 1950s movement "from light to darkness."
-- Former Turkish Ambassador to the US

Book Description

How long should a girl hold onto her first love? A beautiful Turkish girl, a handsome English merchant marine, a sympathetic American and a cheating husband....

Loveswept is a cross-cultural romance taking place during the social and political turmoil of 1950s Turkey where the line between state and mosque becomes blurred and American dollars flood the country. Postwar Ankara is a place of daily intrigue where corruption and romance could bring happiness and disaster.

Neri is an educated young woman caught between East and West, tradition and modernity, loyalty and desire in a Muslim country undergoing great social and cultural changes. She is a woman of contradictions: innocent and traditional, yet Westernized, rebellious and ambitious who dares to seek both excitement and happiness...but at what cost?

Amazon Reviews 5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)

5 out of 5 stars (7 Dec 2011)


"A Turkish Delight!!"

By David Simon

Engin Holmstrom has given us a wonderful book that sweeps the reader into joy, nostalgia and serious contemplation of Turkey, past and present. Ms. Holmstrom has given us the opportunity to enjoy a cross-cultural love story in a compelling portrait of 1950s Turkey; one cannot help but be drawn from the 1950s to the picture of present-day Turkey. A moving book by a thoughtful painter.

5 out of 5 stars (6 Dec 2011)


"Really Touched Me"

By Esin Reinhardt

As a Turkish-American, I really enjoyed reading 'Loveswept'. It's not only a beautiful love story but it also describes the political situation I remember of 1950's Turkey vividly, including the American incursion into the country's political, cultural and social scenes. Neri's journey of "reclaiming her identity" and fulfilling her desires really touched me. Easy to read and hard to put down.