Books change us. Books save us. I know this because it happened to me.
Elif Shafak (born October 25, 1971) is considered the most widely read female writer in Turkey, with her award-winning fiction—touching on themes such as women, immigrants, minorities, youth culture, history, and philosophy—translated into more than 40 languages. Born in France, she has a master’s degree in gender and women’s studies and a Ph.D. in political science. The Forty Rules of Love, The Bastard of Istanbul, and Black Milk are among her bestselling works.