10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World – The Book Club @ Leitrim Daily: December 2020

The Book Club @ Leitrim Daily is back. Despite the coronavirus restrictions our Book Club panel were eager to share their thoughts on the second episode of our series with ’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World’ by Turkish writer Elif Shafak.

The club host Mary Blake is joined by retired librarian Hilda King, Orlagh Kelly of The Reading Room Bookshop in Carrick on Shannon and the thoughts of author Kevin McManus are also included in the show.

We also find our which book has been selected for this month to be discussed in the next episode of The Book Club @ Leitrim Daily on the second weekend of January and it’s very different to this choice.

You can get all books covered in the series from The Reading Room Bookshop in Carrick on Shannon. Although closed due to covid restrictions they are facilitating an order and collect / postal service on all purchases. Contact Orlagh at 071 9671580. You’ll even get 10% off the book when you mention the Book Club @ Leitrim Daily.

About ’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World’

‘In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore…’

For Leila, each minute after her death recalls a sensuous memory: spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the birth of a yearned-for son; bubbling vats of lemon and sugar to wax women’s legs while men are at prayer; the cardamom coffee she shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each fading memory brings back the friends she made in her bittersweet life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her . . .

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