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At the Breakfast Table

"Set in Turkey, this multi-voiced, multi-layered masterwork is a bedazzlement of family secrets, hidden histories, and a breadth of fundamental human experiences."

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From the author of The Silence of Scheherazade, Defne Suman’s At the Breakfast Table is an absorbing novel to savour over time. Told from four points of view, it paints vibrant portraits of a century of history as a family gather for the 100th birthday of celebrated artist, Shirin Saka.

The family have invited friend and journalist Burak to interview Shirin to mark this momentous occasion. While Shirin’s devoted servant strives to protect her, she’s compelled to unbridle decades of silent suffering that have long lain buried. Suffering related to the psychological impact of imperial outsiders fighting over her home.

With her grandchildren unaware of the secrets Shirin paints on a wall, the novel’s multi-narrative structure comes into its own as a web of intrigue. Brimming with an atmospheric sense of place, and simmering with many forms of love, At the Breakfast Table is a haunting novel of the highest order.

Joanne Owen

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