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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

by Elif Shafak - £14.99  Viking (2019)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9780241293867 | ISBN 10: 0241293863

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
 
'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore...'
 
For Leila, each minute after her death recalls a sensuous memory: spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the birth of a yearned-for son; bubbling vats of lemon and sugar to wax women's legs while men are at prayer; the cardamom coffee she shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each fading memory brings back the friends she made in her bittersweet life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her...

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