(THE NEW YORK TIMES) — "The three Muslim friends who meet at Oxford in the Turkish novelist Elif Shafak’s “Three Daughters of Eve” are described as the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused. “The question I wanted to explore was: Could women so different still be sisters?” Ms. Shafak said. “When women remain divided in patriarchal cultures, the only thing that benefits from this is patriarchy.” The novel is anchored in the present day, when Peri, 35, is attending an upper-crust dinner party in Istanbul. She remembers her time at Oxford in flashbacks throughout the night. The timely novel explores themes of feminism, religious devotion, secular doubt and political upheaval. Born in France, where her father was studying at the time, Ms. Shafak has lived in many places, including Spain and the United States. For the past eight years, she has divided her time between London and Istanbul. Below, she discusses the importance of women’s voices, the artists who helped her find her own confidence and more.
When did you first get the idea to write this book?
I had been thinking about this book for some time before I started. So many [...]"