A Woman Is No Manby Etaf Rum
Published by Harper on March 5, 2019
Genres: Cultural, Fiction
“𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮, 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳…”
The book follows three generations of Arab woman and how their Muslim culture dictates their fate. Silenced, beaten, and unloved; a woman’s place is beneath her husband. Happiness is not an option and submission is a demand. It’s always been this way for as long as they can remember. This is just how it’s supposed to be.
The story then follows the family as they emigrate to the United States and settle in New York. It’s difficult to uphold their cultural heritage here, but an Arab family must maintain their honor no matter the costs.
As the plot unfolds, you get an intimate glimpse inside the women’s struggles and courageous acts. While searching for their own voices the family secrets begin to surface… secrets that can tear a family apart.
I was emotionally invested in this book and really felt for the characters. The plot unravels seamlessly and the writing is beautiful. Cultural and/or Domestic Fiction fans will like this one!
This book was used for prompt #17: Members most loved on BOTM website, in the BOTM Book Club Summer 2019 Challenge
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