The Happiness of Blond People: A Personal Meditation on the Dangers of Identity Penguin Specials

Penguin specials are designed to fill a gap. How come their children are so quiet and well disciplined?""Yeah, " said the distressed father, his voice suddenly softer. This is elif Shafak's examination of national identity. You know, I never understand. Is it true, from the experiences of immigrants?in the light of the recent backlash against multiculturalism and the influx of millions of Muslims into Europe from the east, that the citizens of these countries are genuinely happier? Why do people leave their homes for other countries? And what lessons can we all learn, for the creation of truly harmonious societies, she wonders, this powerful and personal essay uses the lived experience of immigrants to examine this most hotly debated subject.

. Blond children never cry, do they?"as elif shafak stands in line at the airport, she overhears a Turkish father expressing to a friend his bewilderment at the cultural differences he's experienced since immigrating to northern Europe. Written to be read over a long commute or a short journey, they are original and exclusively in digital form.


A Migrating Bird: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

A short story by elif shafak from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre. In ‘a migrating bird’, a young Turkish woman is drawn to a Dutch student on foreign exchange at her university. Edited by tracy chevalier, reader, brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, I Married Him, the full collection, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Brontë’s game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.


Three Daughters of Eve

Elif shafak is the number one bestselling novelist in her native Turkey, and her work is translated and celebrated around the world. Their arguments about islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city.

. An indie next pickthe stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul. Peri, beautiful turkish woman, a married, wealthy, 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, religious and secular, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, rich and poor.

As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart. In three daughters of eve, she has given us a rich and moving story that humanizes and personalizes one of the most profound sea changes of the modern world. 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.

The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

She is also taken with shams's lessons, that offer insight into an ancient philosophy based on the unity of all people and religions, or rules, and the presence of love in each and every one of us. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of shams's search for Rumi and the dervish's role in transforming the successful but unhappy cleric into a committed mystic, passionate poet, and advocate of love.

Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi's story mir­rors her own and that Zahara—like Shams—has come to set her free. In this lyrical, acclaimed turkish author elif shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, exuberant follow-up to her novel, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, The Bastard of Istanbul, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz—that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love.

Ella rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent.

The Architect's Apprentice: A Novel

A palace education leads jahan to mimar sinan, the empire’s chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct with Chota’s help some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build sinan’s triumphant masterpieces—the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques—dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan’s four apprentices.

A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, Shafak’s intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power. As an animal tamer in the sultan’s menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends and falls for the sultan’s beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah.

In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. From the acclaimed author of the bastard of istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman EmpireIn her latest novel, Turkey’s preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire.


The Flea Palace

Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Now it is a sadly dilapidated home to ten wildly different individuals and their families. There's a womanizing, hard-drinking academic with a penchant for philosophy; a 'clean freak' and her lice-ridden daughter; a lapsed Jew in search of true love; and a charmingly naïve mistress whose shadowy past lurks in the building.

By turns comic and tragic, elif Shafak's The Flea Palace is an outstandingly original novel driven by an overriding sense of social justice. Bonbon palace was once a stately apartment block in Istanbul. When the garbage at bonbon Palace is stolen, a mysterious sequence of events unfolds that result in a soul-searching quest for truth.

An enchanting combination of compassion and cruelty. Elif shafak is the best author to come out of turkey in the last decade" - Orhan Pamuk"Hyper-active and hilarious" - IndependentElif Shafak is the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love and is the most widely read female novelist in Turkey.

She is married with two children and divides her time between Istanbul and London. She is a contributor for the telegraph, guardian and the New York Times and her TED talk on the politics of fiction has received 500 000 viewers since July 2010 .

Honor: A Novel

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, and the trials of the immigrant, loyalty and betrayal, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart. An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of turkish immigrants in 1970s LondonInternationally bestselling 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, Adem, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, 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.

The Bastard of Istanbul

A turkish version of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club. Usa today  as an armenian american living in san francisco, to Turkey, Armanoush feels like part of her identity is missing and that she must make a journey back to the past, in order to start living her life. Filed with humor and understanding, this exuberant, about the need to examine the past and the desire to erase it, dramatic novel is about memory and forgetting, and about Turkey itself.

Asya is a nineteen-year-old woman living in an extended all-female household in Istanbul who loves Jonny Cash and the French existentialists. A “vivid and entertaining” chicago tribune tale about the tangled history of two families, from the author of The Forty Rules of Love and The Architect’s Apprentice"Zesty, imaginative.

The bastard of istanbul tells the story of their two families--and a secret connection linking them to a violent event in the history of their homeland.