Ayşegül Savaş, author of The Anthropologists, in conversation with Michelle Ajodah

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Ayşegül Savaş for the release of her novel The Anthropologists! PSB's Writer in Residence Michelle Ajodah will be in conversation with Savaş. This event will take place on Thursday, July 11 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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"Like Walter Benjamin, Aysegül Savas uncovers trapdoors to bewilderment everywhere in everyday life; like Henry James, she sees marriage as a mystery, unsoundably deep. The Anthropologists is mesmerizing; I felt I read it in a single breath." -Garth Greenwell

“Savas is an author who simply, and astoundingly, knows.” -Bryan Washington

Asya and Manu are looking at apartments, envisioning their future in a foreign city. What should their life here look like? What rituals will structure their days? Whom can they consider family?

As the young couple dreams about the possibilities of each new listing, Asya, a documentarian, gathers footage from the neighborhood like an anthropologist observing local customs. “Forget about daily life,” chides her grandmother on the phone. “We named you for a whole continent and you're filming a park.”

Back in their home countries parents age, grandparents get sick, nieces and nephews grow up-all just slightly out of reach. But Asya and Manu's new world is growing, too, they hope. As they open the horizons of their lives, what and whom will they hold onto, and what will they need to release?

Unfolding over a series of apartment viewings, late-night conversations, last rounds of drinks and lazy breakfasts, The Anthropologists is a soulful examination of homebuilding and modern love, written with Aysegül Savas' distinctive elegance, warmth, and humor


“Savas' prose is an X-ray-an acute portrait of the tender frequencies that make a life.” —Raven Leilani, author of Luster

The Anthropologists is about love, youth, and that most profound and elusive of subjects-happiness. Full of delicacy, wisdom and wit, this is another gorgeous work from one of my favorite writers.” —Katie Kitamura, author of Intimacies


Ayşegül Savaş is the author of the acclaimed novels Walking on the Ceiling and White on White. Her work has been translated into six languages and has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Granta, and elsewhere. She lives in Paris.

Michelle Ajodah is a writer and creative professional based in Somerville, MA. Originally from Larchmont, NY, she moved to New England  to earn a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College and an MLA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Harvard Extension School. She is a 2024 Writer-in-Residence at Porter Square Books and an alumna of GrubStreet's Novel Generator program. Her writing centers on ritual and myth in Guyanese families like her own.

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Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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ISBN: 9781639733064
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 9th, 2024


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