Seventeen-year-old Caglar is just ather apathetic teenager-except when it comes to his sister, Cigdem, who he believes is the world's most beautiful and brilliant nine-year-old. Determined to display her genius, Caglar grooms Cigdem's talent into a perfect Michael Jackson impersonation and pursues a sure route to fame: YouTube. Tragically, Caglar's efforts are sabotaged by a little incident internationally kwn as the Taksim riots. Now it seems that everyone's too busy watching the people's uprising unfold to click on Cigdem's video. That leaves Caglar only one recourse: he will have to use the riots to his advantage. After all, who wouldn't want to watch a child doing the moonwalk against the backdrop of political unrest? But as Caglar strives to showcase his sister, he finds himself pulled into the heart of the uprising and discovers that he may just have talent of his own. From bestselling author Emrah Serbes comes a hilarious, poignant story of a teen's struggle to find his place and launch his sister's star amid Turkey's real-life fight for freedom.
Emrah Serbes was born in Yalova, Turkey. He graduated from the theater department of Ankara University, and he currently writes for newspapers, magazines, and television. His short story collection, Erken Kaybedenler (Predestined Losers), was published in 2009. Serbes's novels include Her Temas Iz Birakir (Every Touch Leaves a Trace) and Son Hafriyat (The Last Excavation), both noir mysteries set in Ankara and later developed into the hit television series Behzat C., followed by the film Behzat C.: Seni Kalbime Gomdum (Behzat C.: I Buried My Heart). His newest novel, The King of Taksim Square, is his English debut.