Three Daughters of Eve - Elif Shafak

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Unfolding in both contemporary Istanbul and Oxford in the academic year 2001-02, Elif Shafak’s compelling Three Daughters of Eve (Bloomsbury, $27) examines a series of dualities—East and West, men and  women, religious and secular—in order to discover a more harmonious “third path.” The protagonist, Peri, embodies this quest. Growing up in Turkey, she inhabited a limbo between her mother’s “defiant religion” and her father’s “defiant materialism,” and as a result has suffered bouts of paralyzing indecision—with tragic consequences. At Oxford she befriends two other young Muslim women, forming the trio of “the Sinner, the Believer, and the Confused.” All three fall under the spell of the charismatic and manipulative Professor Azur, whose “unorthodox” philosophy course seeks to understand God apart from religion. “Could God unite people, simply as an object of study?” The question is the heart of the book. It’s debated implicitly at the Istanbul dinner party the adult Peri attends and explicitly in the college scenes she recalls. It’s a debate that all Shafak’s characters live passionately. For Peri, it becomes a matter of life and death, and as Shafak deftly interweaves it in vivid scenes of homelessness, substance abuse, street crime, political corruption, rape, and terrorism, she shows that it means no less than that for nations.

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ISBN: 9781632869951
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - December 5th, 2017

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