Three daughters of eve is set over an evening in contemporary istanbul as peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between east and west religious and secular rich and poor over the course of the dinner and amidst an opulence that is surely ill begotten terrorist attacks occur across the . The three women together make up the three daughters of eve or as shafak puts it the sinner the believer and the confused fans of shafaks work will find echoes of her previous novels here. The three daughters of eve is a slow building novel which moves back and forth between peris childhood in istanbul in the 1980s and 90s oxford in 2001 where she is a struggling timid student and 2016 istanbul where she is a wealthy housewife and mother after a childhood in a home divided by religion peri lives her life in the middle . Three daughters of eve is an ingenious act of compression that works several decades into a single evening it takes place in 2016 on a spring day in istanbul. Three daughters of eve is a marvelous lesson in multiculturalist angst the clash between modernity and tradition and the vicissitudes of personal struggle a must read that entertains and informs without preaching
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