10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World - Elif Shafak

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Elif Shafak


ISBN: 9780241293874
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2019

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‘In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away … ’
Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating.

 

For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory: growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; watching the women gossip and wax their legs while the men went to mosque; sneaking cigarettes and Western magazines on her way home from school; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage; falling in love with a student who seeks shelter from a riot in the brothel where she works.

 

Most importantly, each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way - the friends who are now desperately trying to find her. 

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