10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize A moving novel on the power of friendship in our darkest times, from internationally renowned writer and speaker Elif Shafak. In the pulsating moments after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul, Tequila Leila enters a state of heightened awareness. Her heart has stopped beating but her brain is still active-for 10 minutes 38 seconds. While the Turkish sun rises and her friends sleep soundly nearby, she remembers her life-and the lives of others, outcasts like her. Tequila Leila's memories bring us back to her childhood in the provinces, a highly oppressive milieu with religion and traditions, shaped by a polygamous family with two mothers and an increasingly authoritarian father. Escaping to Istanbul, Leila makes her way into the sordid industry of sex trafficking, finding a home in the city's historic Street of Brothels. This is a dark, violent world, but Leila is tough and open to beauty, light, and the essential bonds of friendship. In Tequila Leila's death, the secrets and wonders of modern Istanbul come to life, painted vividly by the captivating tales of how Leila came to know and be loved by her friends. As her epic journey to the afterlife comes to an end, it is her chosen family who brings her story to a buoyant and breathtaking conclusion.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019
ISBN: 9781635574487
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Nov 22, 2019

I was surprised to see how easy it was to get through this book considering what it was about. In death we can discover sometimes love is everywhere and for everyone.

Nov 04, 2019

The first half of this novel consists of the memories of a woman triggered by scent and tastes. It is a harrowing portrait of patriarchy and growing fundamentalism in Turkey. Although the first half is excellent, the second half descends into farce and does not work. The woman's five friends are not fully developed as characters and serve as symbols of oppression (trans, refugee, asylum seeker...). An interesting effort but not entirely successful.

mko123 Oct 31, 2019

Leila Tequilla, streetwalker in Istanbul, has just been brutally murdered and her body is in a rubbish can in the alley. Though her body is dead, Leila's brain is still processing her life in these last 10 minutes and 38 seconds of awareness on earth. Pivital incidents in Leilas life surface--her difficult, perplexing childhood, an arranged marriage, and her relationships with a small group of quirky, kind, but socially ostracized friends. This perspective is beautifully executed as we, the reader, meander around the modern yet still ancient city of Istanbul. This book is a tribute to Istanbul and all the Turkish women whose lives have been ruined by a cruel system. A beautiful, tragic yet life-affirming book. Short-listed for the 2019 Booker Award.

Sep 19, 2019

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