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Three Daughters of Eve

by Elif Shafak

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Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
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  • Published Dec 2017
    384 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul.

Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget.

Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri's mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart.

Elif Shafak is the number one bestselling novelist in her native Turkey, and her work is translated and celebrated around the world. In Three Daughters of Eve, she has given us a rich and moving story that humanizes and personalizes one of the most profound sea changes of the modern world.

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"Readers interested in debates about the nature of God will find the book intriguing." - Publishers Weekly

"Shafak is a brilliant chronicler of the ills that plague contemporary society and once again proves her mettle." - Booklist

"[Shafak's] portrait of a woman in existential crisis feels universal, shining clarifying light on Islam - and religious spirituality in general - within the frame of today's world." - Kirkus

"Elif Shafak's urgent, topical novel explores the ambiguities and dangers of being caught in the Land of Between. The book's protagonist, Peri, is torn between her mother and her father, between her love and hate for a charismatic professor, between the double lures of religiosity and secularism. Three Daughters of Eve upends the omnipresent but crude truisms of East and West, oppression and liberation, right and wrong that continue to divide, torment, and haunt us all." - Siri Hustvedt

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Sadia Noor

Three Daughters of Eve
A very interesting work by Shafak indeed, the story was told extensively and minute details were provided in the first half of the novel but as the story progressed it became so fast paced and the points where readers expect more details are left unattended. How the conflict of identity is resolved remains unclear. The last scene when Peri calls Azur and tells him about what she's learned seems insufficient to portray the main point and the destiny she has reached after her long journey for her identity. Other topics like sisterhood, religion are deeply manoeuvred with. Nevertheless it is a good and recommendable novel to be read in leisure.

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Elif Shafak Author Biography

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Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels, including her latest The Island of Missing Trees. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 55 languages. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and was Blackwell's Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. The Architect's Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall's inaugural book club, The Reading Room. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary ...

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