The Forty Rules of Love
A Novel of Rumi
Publication Date: March 2010
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In this lyrical, exuberant novel, an American housewife is transfigured by an intriguing manuscript about the Sufi mystic poet Rumi.
Elif Shafak is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her books, which have been translated into more than twenty languages, include The Gaze and The Saint of Incipient Insanities. Her op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and she has been featured on National Public Radio. Elif lives in Istanbul with her husband and two children. Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, Laural teaches college in her home state of Michigan.
Turkish novelist Elif Shafak's new novel, The Forty Rules of Love, takes us into the life of a middle-aged Jewish woman from central Massachusetts, who as a reader for a literary agent, has just picked up a copy of a novel by a modern Sufi mystic. More at NPR.org
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