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Honour

by Elif Shafak - £8.99  Penguin Books Ltd (2015)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780241972946 | ISBN 10: 0241972949

From the Orange Prize long-listed and award-winning author of The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul Elif Shafak, Honour is a novel of love, betrayal and a clash of cultures.
 
'My mother died twice. I promised myself I would not let her story be forgotten...'
 
Leaving her twin sister behind, Pembe leaves Turkey for love - following her husband Adem to London. There the Topraks hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. Yet, no matter how far they travel, the traditions and beliefs the Topraks left behind stay with them - carried in the blood. Their eldest is the boy Iskender, who remembers Turkey and feels betrayal deeper than most. His sister is Esma, who is loyal and true despite the pain and heartache. And, lastly, Yunus, who was born in London, and is shy and different.
 
Trapped by the mistakes of the past, the Toprak children find their lives shattered and transformed by a brutal act of murder...
 
A powerful novel set in Turkey and London in the 1970s, Honour explores pain and loss, loyalty and betrayal, the trials of the immigrant, the clash of tradition and modernity, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tears families apart.

(Price & availability last checked: May 2015)

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