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10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world

Shafak, Elif 1971- (author.).

Summary: '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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  • ISBN: 9781635574470
  • ISBN: 1635574471
  • ISBN: 9781635574487
  • Physical Description: print
    311 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

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General Note:
"Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize"--Cover.
"First published in 2019 in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK / First published in the United States 2019"--Title page verso.
Subject: Death Fiction
Reminiscing Turkey Fiction
Female friendship Turkey Fiction
Women Turkey Fiction
Istanbul (Turkey) Fiction
FICTION / Friendship
FICTION / Literary
Turkey Istanbul
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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