A Woman Is No Man

A Novel

hardcover, 352 pages

Published March 5, 2019 by Harper.

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4 stars (8 reviews)

This debut novel by an Arab-American voice,takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America.

In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.

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reviewed A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Did not enjoy, but that's understandable

3 stars

This was a struggle, the setting and generational story of arranged marriages, domestic violence, and isolated women in strict conservative households is grounded, relevant, and sometimes well delivered. The author stand-in character really irked me in her attempts at advice, and I'm realizing it's regularly difficult for me to read average characters acting confused in the dark about well-foreshadowed violence.

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4 stars

This would be a good read for any feminist book club. It's well-written so the pages turn quickly, but it's a tough read because it's hard to see women treated consistently like second class citizens, only here to serve their husbands and sons. I appreciated that it was set in modern day (the 90s and the 21st century) Brooklyn because I naively thought of the issues addressed in this book as belonging to a different time or a different place.

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