Three Daughters of Eve (Paperback)
  • Three Daughters of Eve (Paperback)
zoom

Three Daughters of Eve (Paperback)

(author)
3 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£8.99
Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 07/09/2017
  • 10+ in stock

In stock online

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Waterstones Says

Turkey’s foremost female novelist tackles theology, feminism and race in this dazzlingly structured novel set over a thirty year time period. Against the background of Oxford University and coastal Istanbul, Shafak sketches a trio of women who represent three very different ideologies. Three Daughters of Eve is a scintillating, deeply intelligent read that entertains and informs on every level.

It was an ordinary spring day in Istanbul, a long and leaden afternoon like so many others, when she discovered, with a hollowness in her stomach, that she was capable of killing someone.

Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and unexpected, bitter betrayal.

Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love Peri had tried desperately to forget.

The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as nineteen year old sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life-changing course on God. To the house she shares with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about identity, Islam and feminism. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.

Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends. They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused. Three opposing sides of a raging debate about freedom, expression, belief and sacrifice.

‘Three Daughters of Eve is an intelligent, fierce and beguiling read that makes complicated theological questions readable and relevant.’ – The FT

An award-winning novelist and political scientist, Elif Shafak is the most widely read female novelist in Turkey. Shafak is the author of ten novels but is best-known in the UK for her The Bastard of IstanbulThe Architect’s Apprentice and The Forty Rules of Love.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241978887
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A terrific book. Poetic, poignant, trenchant.' - Ian Rankin

'An intelligent, fierce and beguiling read.' - Financial Times

'A thoughtful, charming book that offers a connection to other worlds, perspectives and possibilities.' - Sunday Times

'An intense, discursive and absorbing novel.' - Observer

'One of the most important writers at work today, Elif Shafak eloquently explores Turkey's tumultuous present and past. Her magnificent latest moves between Istanbul and Oxford in a fascinating exploration of faith and friendship, rich and poor, and the devastating clash of tradition and modernity.' - Independent

'A brilliant and moving novel. Elif Shafak writes about religion without superficiality or special pleading, retaining a sense of its impossible possibility or its possible impossibility. Three Daughters of Eve is a remarkable accomplishment.' - Richard Holloway

'Elif Shafak's writing leaps off the page. In Three Daughters of Eve she takes us spine-tinglingly right under the skin of three women, exposing the strains of friendship through love and loss. An utterly engrossing read.' - Frances Osborne, bestselling author of The Bolter

'Shafak's topical 10th novel is both an interrogation and a defence of Muslim identity.' - Rebecca Rose,  Financial Times 

'Luscious, heartbreaking, completely absorbing. It is a full-blown saga of emotion and character, straddling countries, cultures and languages, exploring its women's ambitions and desires; and at the same time a steady-eyed examination of the nameless rules - of femininity, duty, belief and behaviour - that keep us in line and under control. This is an absolutely consuming novel about women who know what they want, and a warning about the price we pay, written with the fluency and depth of an author at the very top of her game.' - Bidisha

'Exuberant, epic and comic, fantastical and realistic . . . like all good stories it conveys deeper meanings about human experience.' - Financial Times on The Architect's Apprentice

'A powerful book; thoughtful, provoking and compassionate.' - Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, on Honour

'A brave and passionate novel.' - Paul Theroux on Bastard of Istanbul

'Vivid storytelling... that explores the darkest aspects of faith and love.' - Sunday Telegraph on Honour

'Moving, subtle and ultimately hopeful, Honour is further proof that Shafak is the most exciting Turkish novelist to reach western readers in years.' - Irish Times on Honour

You may also be interested in...

Troy
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Starve Acre
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Where the Crawdads Sing
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Thursday Murder Club
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
Firewatching
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Girl with the Louding Voice
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Shuggie Bain
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
Shuggie Bain
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
One August Night
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
V2
Added to basket
V2
£20.00   £14.99
Hardback
The Midnight Library
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Troubled Blood
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Serpentine
Added to basket
£7.99
Hardback
Those Who Are Loved
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Ready Player Two
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

“Beautiful account of question of faith....”

Elia Shafak is one of the prominent Turkish writers whom is able to bring alive every aspect of Turkish history, life and socio-political changes. Her latest deals with the question of religion and feminity.

We ready... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 106

“More Turkish delight from Elif Shafak”

This is a novel set in modern Turkey - a country on a knife-edge, teetering between secularism and increasingly strict Islamic faith - with episodes at Oxford University shortly after 9/11 and in the Istanbul of the... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 74

“A melding of different cultures and ideals”

I was given a free copy of this novel by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Three young women, Muslim of origin, but hugely different in character and belief - "Peri the confused, Shirin the sinner... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 47

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.