One aspect of Almost a Turkish Soap Opera that I enjoyed was getting a glimpse into the Turkish culture. I have lived all of my life in the western United States. There is not a strong Turkish presence in New Mexico, so I had very little knowledge of their culture and practices.
The novel was a wonderful introduction to the Turkish culture. Anne-Rae painted a very vivid picture of her characters' lives and how their upbringing and the pressure from family and culture affected their decisions and lives. Even when a certain aspect was unfamiliar to me, or different from what I would expect, she did a very good job of explaining the reasoning and making it seem familiar to the reader.
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