It’s officially fall. Season of crisp apples, good sweaters, and warm outerwear, like the plush (hopefully faux) fur the mysterious woman below is wearing. While I do take issue with the cover photo’s inconsistency — the model is wearing what looks like a capelet or wrap, rather than the titular coat — I am a fan of the broad’s style, and wish I could get a better look at that smoky eye.
I was really excited to learn about this book, a Turkish classic first published in 1943 and available in English for the first time this November from Other Press. The story takes place in vibrant, interwar Berlin, where a young Turkish man meets a half-Jewish artist who “transforms him forever.” (Do we have a magical Jewess on our hands?) The synopsis says the book is about new beginnings, which helpfully ties into the autumnal theme of this post, and the start of the Jewish New Year — Shana Tova to all!
Natalie Aflalo is the former digital content manager at the Jewish Book Council.