© The Author(s) 2021.The concept of liminality, which is primarily an anthropological term, is not new, but in fact it is a neglected area in Turkish literary and cultural studies. The concept of liminality and its potential to open avenues for future studies remains under-researched. As one of the first steps to fill this gap, the anthropological term liminality is used to analyse a literary text as it pertains to the narration of migrant experience, living in between the rural and the urban, and the use of magical realism in Latife Tekin’s Berji Kristin: Tales from the Garbage Hills (1984). Tekin’s novel is presented as a test case to show the applicability of liminality to the field of literary and cultural studies. Reading Tekin’s Berji Kristin through the lens of liminality reveals how it can be used to understand Tekin’s interest in the problems of liminal communities and her concern for the environment.