Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Home-Less by Zeynep Guvenc
“Recognizing Him means having a home; denying Him means being homeless.” Home represents shelter, a roof, peace and happiness. Our true home is located in our heart, the house of God. My novel Homeless is a work of multicultural adult fiction set in San Francisco. Each chapter represents a “scene” in a human’s life. The book flows along two parallel streams that are intertwined with each other: the first is the real world, the second is the inner world. The inner world includes philosophical metaphors taking place on the islands of San Francisco: Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and Angel Island. They represent the places the human soul visits internally based on a person’s daily experiences. Following an abusive childhood, Johnson is homeless, living on the streets of San Francisco. His life intersects with a Turkish immigrant family, living in “Turk Street” and facing inter-cultural and inter-religious challenges in a new country.
Home-Less is seriously unlike any book I have ever read. It isn't your typical fiction novel that has a single storyline that you follow the whole book through. The author's writing style is creative and poetic. She created characters that really hit home and make your heart and mind think. Her Island metaphors challenge you to think about your life, where you're headed, and what you're here for.
I really don't know how to describe this book adequately enough for you to understand the impact. You'll just have to pick up a copy for yourself!
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.