Alan Drew was born and raised in Southern California and has traveled throughout Europe, Asia,and the Middle East. He taught English literature for three years at a private high school in Istanbul, arriving just four days before the devastating 1999 Marmara earthquake. In 2004 he completed a master of fine arts degree at the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he was awarded a Teaching/Writing Fellowship. He lives with his wife and two kids in Philadelphia, and teaches fiction writing at Villanova University.
Alan Drew recommends
In the Shadow of the Yali (2021)
"Evoking the tumultuous fledgling years of the Turkish Republic as it rises from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, In the Shadow of the Yali is an enthralling and troubling novel about desire, possession, and illicit love. Suat Dervis delivers a powerful feminist rebuke of patriarchal society that thrums with passion right up to the surprising and challenging climax of this romantic and tragic work."
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