Things dont work out as planned when Pembe, who is Kurdish, follows Turkish husband Adem to London in the 1970s. When Adem deserts the family, eldest son Iskender steps in as head-and thus feels obliged to defend the family honor when Pembe begins a chaste relationship with a man named Elias. As always, Shafak plunges into the heart of cultural conflict; this internationally best-selling Turkish author is set to shake you up. For all your smart readers.
An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London
Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak's new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children.
In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. After Adem abandons his family, Iskender, the eldest son, must step in and become the one who will not let any shame come to the family name. And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.
Just published to great acclaim in England, Honor is a powerful, gripping exploration of guilt and innocence, loyalty and betrayal, and the trials of the immigrant, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart.