Now reading the new book of Elif Shafak, Daughters of Eve. Flicked it off the Penguin office bookshelf the last time I was there. The last book I read of the author was Forty Rules of Love, a beautiful, beautiful book. Embarrassing as it might be, it was my introduction to Rumi and Shams Tabrizi. I even bought a couple Rumi books post that but couldn’t power through them. Some day maybe. This is the first book I have picked this month. Things have been a little crazy with the deadline of the next book hanging over my head but I have managed to pull through and sent the final draft in time. It’s now time to get some reading done.And look at that cover! Isn’t that just beautiful?
Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, 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. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an eighteen-year-old sent abroad for the first time: to her dazzling, rebellious professor and his life-changing course on God, to her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona and their arguments about Islam and femininity and, finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.