New Novel Spins Historic Twist on “Pride and Prejudice”

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Engin Inel Holmstrom reimagines Jane Austen’s beloved novel in 1920’s Turkey

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Engin Inel Holmstrom first read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” as a sophomore in college when she was learning English, and every year since then, she picks up the novel to read it once more.

In her new book, “House of Daughters,” Holmstrom takes Austen’s characters out of the drawing room and reimagines them as independent, modern women who are involved in the social and political changes occurring in 1920’s Turkey during the last days of the Ottoman Empire.

As the British occupy Istanbul, Emin Efendi can only think about marrying off his five daughters to a life of security and fortune. His favorite daughter, Perihan, falls in love with a wounded and handsome Turkish officer, but the young man eventually decides that his family’s status is too important to him, and leaves Perihan heartbroken and resentful.

“The novel will delight ‘Pride and Prejudice’ fans while giving them a new historical twist,” Holmstrom said. “Though the novel is set in Turkey during the 1920’s, readers will be pleased to see how family dynamics and the daughters’ storylines translate to modern times.”

In “House of Daughters,” Austen fans can find ripples of their favorite author’s work while being thrown into a new storyline of romance, adventure, and family saga.

“House of Daughters”
By: Engin Inel Holmstrom
ISBN: 978-1-4808-3853-6 (sc), 978-1-4808-3852-9 (hc), 978-1-4808-3854-3 (e)
Available at the Archway Publishing Online Bookstore and Amazon

About the author
Engin Inel Holmstrom was born and raised in Turkey. She came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Exchange Student to go to graduate school for her Ph.D. and later married her classmate. They both taught at her alma mater in Istanbul for three years before returning to the United States and settling in the Washington D.C. area. “House of Daughters” is Holmstrom’s second novel. In her spare time, Holmstrom enjoys writing, painting and ballroom dancing. She currently lives in Leesburg, with her husband of 53 years and her two cats. For more information about the author and her novel, please visit: http://www.engininelholmstrom.com

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