An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London. Internationally best-selling Turkish author Elif Shafak’s new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. After Adem abandons his family, Iskender, the eldest son, must step in and become the one who will not let any shame come to the family name. And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them. Just published to great acclaim in England, Honor is a powerful, gripping exploration of guilt and innocence, loyalty and betrayal, and the trials of the immigrant, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart.
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Complex but Compelling
No, frustration with the recording.
First Mozhan and Piter Marik's performances were fine. I did not know how else to express how bad and careless I found the recording of the narrators. There were long pauses for no reason that were just the laziness of the engineer to pull the lines together. There was no care in the handling of the recording.
I really enjoy Elif Shaffak's books and this is the only one that neede some technical care.
- R W A Thiederman