The Applicant

I loved The Applicant for its both heartbreaking and earnestly witty look at immigration. Written in diary entries, Koca brings Leyla, a Turkish former student who works cleaning a hostel in Berlin, to life. Leyla is a blunt narrator, counting her days left in Berlin due to a failed thesis through partying, falling in love with a man she should despise, and scrimping for every living expense. Koca packs this debut with meditations on family, loss, and the transient nature of being in your twenties. I found myself turning the pages as quickly as I could to devour the story. Recommended by Nikita

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ISBN: 9780802160546
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2023

A singular debut from "an important and radical new literary voice" (Elif Batuman), The Applicant explores with wit and brevity what it means to be an immigrant, woman, and emerging writerIt's 2017 and Leyla, a Turkish twenty-something living in Berlin is scrubbing toilets at an Alice in Wonderland-themed hostel after failing her thesis, losing her student visa, and suing her German