Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve

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Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, 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. Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri's mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost Polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632869951
1632869950
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sha
Characteristics: ix, 369 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 3 daughter of Eve

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niharikadhall
Jun 15, 2018

The book explores the journey of a woman as she sways between belief in God and uncertainty, created in part by childhood trauma and the regressiveness of her religion, Islam. The story is set in two timelines and is interesting, with the characters well developed, but the first half of the book is slow. Nevertheless it challenges beliefs and encourages something deeply lacking today - open minded discussion without hostility.

This book would be a great subject for a book review of discussion on belief and religion.

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