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Walking on the Ceiling
Walking on the Ceiling | Aysegl Savas
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A mesmerizing novel set in Paris and a changing Istanbul, about a young Turkish woman grappling with her past - her country's and her own - and her complicated relationship with the famous British writer who longs for her memories. After her mother's death, Nunu moves from Istanbul to a small apartment in Paris. One day outside of a bookstore, she meets M., an older British writer whose novels about Istanbul Nunu has always admired. They find themselves walking the streets of Paris and talking late into the night. What follows is an unusual friendship of eccentric correspondence and long walks around the city. M. is working on a new novel set in Turkey and Nunu tells him about her family, hoping to impress and inspire him. She recounts the idyllic landscapes of her past, mythical family meals, and her elaborate childhood games. As she does so, she also begins to confront her mother's silence and anger, her father's death, and the growing unrest in Istanbul. Their intimacy deepens, so does Nunu's fear of revealing too much to M. and of giving too much of herself and her Istanbul away. Most of all, she fears that she will have to face her own guilt about her mother and the narratives she's told to protect herself from her memories. A wise and unguarded glimpse into a young woman's coming into her own, Walking on the Ceiling is about memory, the pleasure of invention, and those places, real and imagined, we can't escape.
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slategreyskies
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I liked the way this book was structured with story lines from three different cities/times woven together. It was well written, and I enjoyed reading it, but I wouldn‘t say that it was altogether satisfying reading. I wished that I could have rewritten parts of it so that Nunu didn‘t withdraw into herself or so that she had a more enjoyable and fulfilling life. It was a good book, but it‘s not a feel-good book. For those who savor introspection.

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cathipink
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Started and finished this on audio today - was sad to see so few ratings on Goodreads. Stylistically, it reminded me a lot of What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons. It's very short - less than four hours on audio - would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys books about peoples' interior lives.

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merelybookish
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My June books. All solid reads but the only 5⭐ was A Midsummer Night's Dream. 🧚‍♂️

readordierachel I just sang Bunny from the library. Looking forward to it! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! Monte Cristo is one of my faves. 💖📖💖 5mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Great! I am excited to hear what you think! 🐰 5mo
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merelybookish
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This is a meandering, poignant meditation on memory, stories, loss, and loneliness amidst changing cities. Nunu describes walking in Paris with her writer friend M; her childhood in Istanbul; her time in England. Places, pieces, people are loosely intertwined creating not so much a story as a story-in-the-making. The writing is gentle, wispy, diffuse which fits the themes, but also makes me wonder how long the not-quite story will stay with me.

merelybookish Painting is “Walking the Ceiling“ by Roxana Halls
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youneverarrived Brilliant review! 👍 5mo
Weaponxgirl This sounds fascinating 5mo
merelybookish @youneverarrived Thank you! I think you might enjoy this one!
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merelybookish @Weaponxgirl It was a fascinating read! And pretty short at only 200 pages.
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merelybookish
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Starting a new book while a kid does swim lessons.

Drocchio03 What a fun cover! 5mo
readordierachel Sounds promising! 5mo
batsy I added this to my TBR on Goodreads recently. Look forward to your thoughts! 5mo
merelybookish @Drocchio03 I know! I love the design! 5mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @batsy So far so good. Writing is quite poetic. 5mo
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shutupsmalls
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mrozzz
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Also, I had a great time last night learning more about a much-anticipated book, Walking on the Ceiling, a sort of flaneur novel, written by the very smart & sweet Aysegul Savas. It was a bonus that Helen Phillips (author of the upcoming The Need!!) was asking all of the insightful questions. 💕

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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