'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness
began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her
brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of
oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...'For Leila, each
minute after her death brings a sensuous memory- the taste of spiced goat
stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a
son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to
wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee
that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works.
Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her
life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . .

Elif Shafak—10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World

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