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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

Friday, January 3, 2020

First Lines Friday...

Her name was Leila.
Tequila Leila, as she was known to her friends and her clients. Tequila Leila as she was called at home and at work, in that rosewood-colored house on a cobblestoned cul-de-sac down by the wharf, nestled between a church and a synagogue, among lamp shops and kebab shops - the street that harbored the oldest licensed brothels in Istanbul.
Still, if she were to hear you put it like that, she might take offense and playfully hurl a shoe - one of her high-heeled stilettos.
                ...10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

Without knowing anything about the book, would these first lines intrigue you enough to want more? I think any character with the name Tequila Leila deserves a chance! In fact just her name makes me want to know more about her. But if I told you what the title of the book referred to, you may find it even more fascinating... but you'll have to read more about the book to know what that is!

Elif Shafak is the most widely read female author in Turkey. She has written 17 books. She is a member of The Royal Society of Literature. And yet, I have never heard of her. I have to admit that the cover and then reading the title of the book made me stop and find out what the book was about. But now it's on my TBR list.

Released September of 2019 and published by Bloomsbury Publishing, it will be coming out in paperback January 2nd, 2020.

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