August 17, 2005

THE TURKISH LOVER

by Esmeralda Santiago

Like the latest installment of the Harry Potter series, Esmeralda Santiago’s third memoir has also been eagerly awaited. Fans met the young Esmeralda in WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN, which documented her trip from Puerto Rico to New York. Now, Esmeralda is 20 and in love. She runs away from home with her Turkish Lover, a man 20 years her senior. For the next seven years, her world will revolve around his. She will forsake family and friends for her lover’s sake, until one day she begins to realize that she has needs of her own and desires of her own that he cannot comprehend. And so Esmeralda is reborn and freed.

Questions to discuss:
1) Do you think Esmeralda was abused by her lover?
2) How would you describe Esmeralda's relationship with her mother?