The 40 Rules of Love

In her 2011 novel, Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz. He inspires Rumi to become the poet he was meant to be; one of the world’s most passionate and profound voices of wisdom.

The 40 rules of Love narrates two parallel stories through an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored, and how there are costs to living an authentic life. But, as the novel shows, the costs of not living one are far greater.