10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world.
Publication year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2020.
ISBN: 9780241979464 (pbk.) : 8.99
Originally published: 2019.
Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating. For Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory: growing up with her father and his 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 - friends who are now desperately trying to find her.
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