10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Author(s): Elif Shafak

Fiction | New Fiction

The new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul. 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away . . . ' Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating. For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory: growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; watching the women gossip and wax their legs while the men went to mosque; sneaking cigarettes and Western magazines on her way home from school; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage; falling in love with a student who seeks shelter from a riot in the brothel where she works. Most importantly, each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way - the friends who are now desperately trying to find her.

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019

General Fields

  • : 9780241293874
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Viking
  • : June 2019
  • : 2.9 Centimeters X 15.3 Centimeters X 23.2 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elif Shafak
  • : Paperback
  • : 1906
  • : 813.6
  • : 368