Harem girls for sale: the making of Expat Harem

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Eighteen months. Two expatriate American writers in Istanbul.

We created a feminist travel anthology, landed a North American book deal and dual language editions from Turkey’s strongest publisher, while winning representation at one of New York’s oldest literary agencies. How did we do it?

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Expat Harem editors on NBC’s Today Show with Matt Lauer

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When America’s most popular morning talk show came to Istanbul, they asked Expat Harem to explain Turkey to five million Americans.

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Expat images: unrecognizable vs. iconic

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Fleeting, picturesque moments can capture an enduring truth about expatriatism.

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She said, she said: quotables of expat+HAREM’s founder

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Highlights from Anastasia Ashman’s interviews, profiles, articles. Turkey’s bond with expatriate women, global nomads. Success for the world citizen.

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Expat Harem editors on The Crossroads TV with Martin Anthony

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Anastasia Ashman and Jennifer Gokmen interviewed by Istanbul’s TV 6 News about foreign women in modern Turkey, making Tales from the Expat Harem, and other cultural crossroads.

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My global niche: an interview with Today’s Zaman newspaper

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For a series on expat success stories in a national English-language newspaper, I tell Brooks Emerson how a sense of place has inspired my sense of self.

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The Accidental Anthologist: creating a literary harem

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Turkey makes the news for suppressing its authors. As an American woman in Istanbul I found my voice — by creating a literary harem of my expat peers.

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Book club study guide: Tales from the Expat Harem

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The title of the book is purposefully anachronistic and titillating. What was your initial response to it? Have the tales made you consider trying a life in a foreign culture?

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Expat Harem, the book: foreign women in modern Turkey

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This popularly- and critically-acclaimed collection invites you into the Turkey that thirty-two women from seven nations know.

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Foreword by Elif Shafak

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“The tales express the point of view of three-dimensional expatriates. The women of the Expat Harem are on the edge. They are in limbo.”

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