Written by: Özge Samanci
Illustrated by: Özge Samanci
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Softcover, 7 x 8, 200 pages, Full Color, $16.99
Growing up on the Aegean coast, Özge loved the sea and imagined a life of adventure while her parents and society demanded predictability. Her dad expected Ozge to become an engineer. She tried to hear her own voice over his and the religious and militaristic tensions of Turkey and the conflicts between secularism and fundamentalism. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Cousteau? A stage actress? Would it be possible to please everyone including herself? In her graphic memoir, Özge recounts her story using inventive collages, weaving together images of the sea, politics, science, and friendship.