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Walking On The Ceiling Hardcover – 30 Apr 2019

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"[A] delicate, melancholy debut novel... The unreliability of memory; the ways we talk to ourselves and to each other; how we can act as detectives in our own lives, combing the past for clues; how places can seem clearer from afar than when we are there -- all these themes are touched on in Savas's spare, disarmingly simple prose. She writes with both sensuality and coolness, as if determined to find a rational explanation for the irrationality of existence, and for the narrator's opaque understanding of herself."
--Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

"[A] beguiling little novel... going out for a stroll is the activity that most resembles the reading of Savaş's book--the way people and places are observed in passing, captured in short discreet word photographs that form a sweet, sad meditative ramble."
--The New York Times Book Review

"[A]n original, mesmerising story.... [A] beguiling tale of two cities which expertly illuminates 'the devious ways of memory.'"
--The Economist

"[T]he kind of novel that stuns you in a way both quiet and surprising, launching you into reveries of your own."
--Nylon Magazine

"Ayşegül Savaş is an enormous new talent who writes with the rigor of Didion and the tenderness of Sebald. Walking on the Ceiling holds the immediacy of youth and the depth of long-earned wisdom at once. Its elegant voice is sure to summon old memories and longings from each reader, relighting them anew."
--Catherine Lacey, author of The Answers

"In Walking on the Ceiling, Aysegul Savas investigates the inability of any story to accurately evoke lived experience--yet her unconventional narrative succeeds in doing just that. Savas's celebration of the minutest details of Paris and Istanbul is juxtaposed, to devastating effect, against rising political tensions. This quietly intense debut is the product of a wise and probing mind."
--Helen Phillips, author of The Need and The Beautiful Bureaucrat

"Walking on the Ceiling is an elegant meditation on grief, identity, memory and homecoming. Moving between Paris and Istanbul, the novel captures the tangle of narrative around history, both personal and collective. I fell in love with this book."
--Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation

"Sensual, fragile, scented with hope and loss, Walking on the Ceiling is a powerful debut and Ayşegül Savaş is an extremely talented rising star." --Dorthe Nors, author of Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

"Nunu calls this reminiscence of M. an 'inventory, ' and that's exactly what Savaş has produced here, rendering with elegant intelligence the minute details of both places and people. That the novel moves in circles, acknowledging that some places can be glimpsed but never really explored, makes it all the more like a long walk through a city one can never quite call one's own. A refined and wistful exploration of the nature of memory." --Kirkus, STARRED review

"The dislocations of place, identity, time, and truth eddy through Savaş's elegant debut. . . . Interweaving past and present, Paris and Istanbul, evasion and epiphany in spare yet evocative prose, Savaş's moving coming-of-age novel offers a rich exploration of intimacy, loneliness, and the endless fluidity of historical, cultural, and personal narrative." --Publishers Weekly

"Savaş' quiet and emotionally rich novel is a tender portrait of a young woman exploring her identity and coming to terms with her personal history. ... Like Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton, this novel is deceptively simple and subtly profound and will appeal to those fond of character studies and lovely writing." --Booklist

"Quiet, intense, and moving." --LitHub

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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.

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