Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and one of the most widely read writers in Turkey. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Though she now divides her time between Istanbul and London, the cosmopolitan Shafak has lived in cities and states all over the world including Madrid, Spain; Ankara, Turkey; Cologne, Germany; Amman, Jordan; Boston, Massachusetts; Michigan; and Arizona.

Her latest book is the
memoir, Black Milk, which chronicles Shafak's struggle with postpartum depression.

Her most recent novel, The Forty Rules of Love, became a number one bestseller after selling more than 150,000 copies in one month. The novel is a modern love story between a Jewish-American housewife and a modern Sufi living in Amsterdam.

In addition to writing fiction, Shafak continues to write for various daily and monthly publications in Turkey. She has also contributed to various papers in Europe and the United States including The Guardian, Le Monde, Berliner Zeitung, Dutch Handelsbladt, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine, and has recently been featured in the U.S. on National Public Radio.

Shafak also writes song lyrics for well-known rock musicians in her country.