11 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.
Residence of: Rupande Parekh
THE THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE – ELIF SHAFAK
“The Three Daughters of Eve” is an ingenious act of compression that works several decades into a single evening. It takes place in 2016 on a spring day in Istanbul.
Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, 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.
Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, the book reveals such a timely confluence of today’s issues that it seems almost clairvoyant. Sexual harassment, Islamist terrorism, the rising tension between the faithful and the secular, and the gaping chasm between the rich and the poor Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.
Book for September: Jasoda by Kiran Nagarkar (with author present).