Set mostly in Istanbul, Turkish writer Elif Shafak, has created a quirky, rich and wonderful book in the telling of Leila’s death. We are given a countdown of each of the minutes after death when parts of Leila’s body are shutting down. Each minute tells of milestones or strong memories of her life, the family who disowned her and the friends she made along the way. Right up to the point she realises she’s made a grave error and then her body is discovered.
Elif Shafak has woven real life issues of gender inequality into this story of amazing and strong women in a man’s world. Leila is an intelligent and modern woman and is often put down by men half her worth. A true gem of a book that I’ll be telling all my friends about.