(Book of the Month) — (Book Club)
The Participant Observer Book of the Month is: Three Daughters of Eve
by Elif Shafak
As the novel begins, Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul in 2016 when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a Polaroid photograph of three young women and their university professor falls to the ground - a relic from the past.
Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve follows Peri from Istanbul to Oxford, where her two best female friends are Shirin, a sensual Iranian, and Mona, a religious Egyptian-American. The three make up the Three Daughters of Eve, or, as Shafak puts it, the sinner, the believer and the confused.
"As a writer who stands between west and east, working in Turkish and English, living in Istanbul and London, Elif Shafak engages with some of the most pressing political and personal themes of our times. Her new novel is no exception. The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul—Barnes and Noble