10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
2019, 312 p.

After Tequila Leilas death her mind continues working: for 10 minutes and 38 seconds to be precise, during which time she remembers the important events in her life that shaped her into the woman she became. In these memories, the reader is introduced, in turn, to Leilas five best friends, all of whom are desperately trying to find her. This is a unique novel, which tells not only the story of Leilas life, but also that of her friends. It is about being different in an unforgiving world, while also providing interesting insight into civil turmoil in 1970s Istanbul and growing up in a mostly Muslim environment.