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Last night’s book club discussions centred around Etaf Rum’s A Woman Is No Man. …

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Last night’s book club discussions centred around Etaf Rum’s A Woman Is No Man.
Rum’s book is a harrowing and gut-wrenching tale told by three generations of Palestinian women living in America.
Isra is married off to Adam and moved to America with her new family aged just 17. Her accounts detail the transition she must go through into wife and mother while she is barely a child. The traditions of her culture trap her mind and her body in an incredibly small and suffocating world.
Deya, her daughter, narrates her story 17 years later. Despite living in the same house with the same strict rules and oppressive traditions, Deya has questions that cause secrets to come out and uncomfortable truths to emerge.
Finally, Fareeda, Deya’s grandmother and Isra’s mother-in-law, the powerhouse of the family (but only in private), tells her story which ends up being the most telling and revealing.
Rum’s story is made up of characters who are both flawed and favourable often through the fault of their environment. She leaves you unsure who to sympathise, who to criminalise, who to route for and who to disregard.
A Woman Is No Man is filled with a myriad of complex themes and relationships that keep you thinking and wondering long after you’ve finished the last line ❤️📚

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