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Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
Authors: Shafak, Elif
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 306
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: 10 minutes and 38 seconds, the time it takes for the brain to shut down after death, and the time now allotted to Tequila Leila to share the story of her life. From Leila's childhood in a rural Turkish town to life as a prostitute, from her cherished outcast friends to the events bringing her to her final resting place, this structurally original novel lays bare the life of a lively and complex woman.

Compassionate and powerful, this is an insightful story combining lyrical prose with an unflinching portrait of modern Istanbul.


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Amazing point of view, great writing, insightful into the culture of Turkey and especially Istanbul."

"This is a fabulous book, easy to read but not easy to digest. Many issues are touched on and it would be great for discussion."

"It's such an original story, telling the story after death!"

"The author brings it all together in a way that is sympathetic to the characters and it portrays how love, loyalty and friendship can flourish in these circumstances."

"A book I think many would enjoy. Easy read, funny and satisfying."

"I enjoyed this book very much. The reader gets a look at different cultures and beliefs through the eyes of those involved."

"Because sexual abuse and prostitution are involved, it will not be suitable for all."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Gender Issues, Social commentary/perspectives, Turkey, 2022 Titles

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