The autobiographical novel by Katy Massey, titled “Neresi Bizim Evimiz?” brings together the touching and humorous yet very real life story of a girl and her mother. Published by Düşbaz Kitaplar, the book explores Katy’s and her mother’s story, addressing themes such as refugee experiences, otherness, class bias, misogyny, generational conflicts, and the effort of mother and daughter to understand each other. Katy Massey skillfully turns this challenging subject matter into a powerful literary work with her clever and entertaining narrative.
Düşbaz Kitaplar, a colorful imprint of Ayrıntı Yayınları, introduces Katy Massey’s autobiographical novel “Neresi Bizim Evimiz?” to Turkish readers. The book, praised by Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo as “I loved it! A gem,” has been translated into Turkish by Özlem Uygun.
As a young girl, Katy discovers that her mother earns a living as a sex worker, which strains their relationship. In adulthood, she grapples with grief and mental health issues before attempting to mend her relationship with her mother. From 1935 to 2010, this story spans from Canada to Leeds and Jamaica, as the mother and daughter navigate shame, immigration, and the challenges of social class in a rapidly changing world, struggling to understand each other’s choices.
Will these two strong women trying to find their own truths be able to overcome the ghosts of the past and declare a ceasefire in their hostility towards each other?
Katy Massey’s “Neresi Bizim Evimiz?” with her signature, is now available on bookstore shelves and online retail sites!
ABOUT KATY MASSEY
Katy Massey, who grew up in Yorkshire, worked as a freelance journalist for fifteen years. Her creative side emerged during her doctoral studies in the field of memoir and autobiography, which earned her recognition from Newcastle University in 2010 for “Neresi Bizim Evimiz?” Her research focused on finding and publishing life stories that would otherwise remain unknown, inspiring her to become an editor and project producer. As a result, two themed collections of short memoirs were born: “Tangled Roots,” which explores experiences of mixed families, and “Who We Are Now?” which delves into the individual impacts of the Brexit Referendum. These works were published in 2019 as part of the “Common People” anthology, edited by Kit De Waal (Unbound). The author is currently working on a novel set in Leeds between the 1950s and 1970s while residing in East Sussex.
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