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A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
Contemporary fiction

A Woman Is No Man

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by Etaf Rum

Quick take

Three generations of women weigh family duty and desire in a conservative Palestinian community in Brooklyn.

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  • Emotional

  • Feminist

  • Inspirational

  • Family drama

Why I love it

Before I tell you about this book, I have to tell you a little about its author. Etaf Rum is one of the most thoughtful, dedicated #bookstagrammers in the game. For a few years now, she’s been sharing great literature on her Instagram feed, @booksandbeans, and tirelessly advocating for up-and-coming authors. When I found out she was writing a book of her own, I was pleased for her. And when I read...


Palestine, 1990. Seventeen-year-old Isra prefers reading books to entertaining the suitors her father has chosen for her. Over the course of a week, the naïve and dreamy girl finds herself quickly betrothed and married, and is soon living in Brooklyn. There Isra struggles to adapt to the expectations of her oppressive mother-in-law Fareeda and strange new husband Adam, a pressure that intensifies ...


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    February 2019