At the Breakfast Table


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$29.95  $27.85
Head of Zeus
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6.3 X 8.5 X 2.2 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Defne Suman was born in Istanbul and grew up on Prinkipo Island. She gained a Masters in sociology from the Bosphorus University then worked as a teacher in Thailand and Laos where she studied Far Eastern philosophy and mystic disciplines. She later continued her studies in Oregon, USA and now lives in Athens with her husband. Her English language debut The Silence of Scheherazade was published by Head of Zeus in 2021.

Betsy Göksel is an American teacher and translator who has lived in Turkey since the 1960's. Her translations include The Hate Trap by Haluk Sahin as well as several books on art and architecture for the Istanbul Municipality.


"Fiercely intelligent, finely textured and achingly beautiful." --Elif Shafak

'In At the Breakfast Table, Defne Suman, one of Turkey's most popular writers, writes about family secrets, people's inner problems, love and the losses through life. Suman builds on Eastern philosophy and yoga, among other things, when she is to shed light on the book's great secret' Anne Buset Vassbotn (Norway)

'It is very easy for Greek readers to love Suman, to identify with her heroes, to look for their own ancestral memories among the memories of her heroes. But the most important thing about a novel is that it hides a beautiful story, and the author knows how to tell it' Erika Athanasiou (Greece)

'The image of the Prinkipo island with its carriages, bicycles, the blue sea that surrounds it, its blooming flowers and purple bougainvillea, give a brilliant tone to the novel. The historical touch offers realism and mystery' Lefki Sarantinou (Greece)

'At the Breakfast Table is an excellent novel in the footsteps of modern Turkish literature as defined by Livaneli and Pamuk. It is a well-written book which reminds us that history is not necessarily what we learn in school' Angelos Koutsoukis (Greece)

'Suman listens and understands a wounded geography with an open heart - a trait that is rarely found among Turkish intellectuals. She challenges the common belief and narrates beautifully' Derya Beyatlı, Yeni Düzen Newspaper (Turkey)

"A story lovingly told of very intensely personal conflicts and...the history and pain of an entire people."--Booklist Reviews