A Woman Is No Man

A Woman Is No Man

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Three generations of Palestinian-American women in contemporary Brooklyn are torn by individual desire, educational ambitions, a devastating tragedy, and the strict mores of traditional Arab culture.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062699763
Branch Call Number: RUM
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm

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"enthralling read that had me hooked from the very first chapter" - Alan

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SurreyLibrarian Mar 11, 2019

-Reviewed by Alan -
In Etaf Rum’s debut novel, A Woman is No Man, we are introduced to three generations of Palestinian-American women who are all tied down to tradition and culture. Isra is the girl from Palestine who gets married off to an American and shuttled away to Brooklyn, New York. Ther... Read More »


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traceyjansen
Aug 25, 2020

This was one of the best books I have read this year. I had a hard time putting it down, and appreciated the insight to the struggles faced by many of our immigrant women. Highly recommend this read to combo become more aware, and 'enjoy' - it was well written, 'enjoyable' read.

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tammygfarmgirl
Aug 18, 2020

This book made me sad, and grateful for the life I have. Generational pain is a terrible thing.

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OaktownMo
Aug 03, 2020

DIFFICULT, BEAUTIFUL, NECESSARY, UNIVERSAL.

"She felt empty; she felt full. She needed people; she needed to be alone. She couldn't get the equation right. Who was to blame? She thought it was herself. She thought it was her mother, and her mother's mother, and the mothers of all their mothers, all the way back in time." pg. 248

Tho' this story happens to be of Palestinian women in America, it really speaks to/of everyone. I believe it says that strict constructionism, whether it be of a biblical or Constitutional text, leads to repression, prejudice, and abuse. Or: Holding on too tight just wears you out. If you love something, let it grow.

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mliz84321
May 27, 2020

I decided to take a chance on this novel when I saw it was a “beyond bestseller” and am so glad I did!! This is an incredible story that follows a Palestinian-American family across three generations. An amazing story and one that really makes you feel so many deep emotions (it’s a drama). This was hard to put down....highly recommend. 5 stars. The ending may need to be discussed at a book-club meeting...

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JANMAYS
May 15, 2020

About the repressive life of Arab women. A good book club discussion book.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 03, 2020

This book explores the hardships and double standards of men and women, exploring sensitive subjects and navigates them with honesty and the added cultural weight of what MIddle Eastern cultures expect of women and their roles in their hierarchy. I thought this book as a bit of a difficult read, (trigger warning: it goes into abuse and depression), I had to put it down at times but all in all, I think it's worth reading to bring into light these issues. And highlight the plight of a lot of women who don't know how to speak up or talk about what they go through. Really beautiful written as well.

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CCrumley60
Mar 16, 2020

March 2020. Recommended by Oma.
3 generations of Palestinian women and how they survive throughout their lives.
Palestinian men and culture, very abusive towards women.

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JackieRuesink
Jan 26, 2020

Ellie recommend

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orangelibrarycard
Dec 27, 2019

Three generations of Palestinian women growing up in America struggle to fight the violent patriarchy of their culture. The book puts a personal stamp on what one reads in the newspapers. It is well laid out, with chapter heads that tell the reader what the time period is and to which character we’ve jumped backward or forward. The ending was a bit tricky; it jumped back in time after the reader knows what has happened to the particular character. It’s a good twist because it brings hope to the ending. It is a bit repetitive with each generation facing the same extraordinary lack of power in her life. But it is only through repetitive action that life will change for these women. Read it to recognize how much of the world lives this life to varying degrees.

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nshooper
Nov 29, 2019

Rachel

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NadiaHathor
Oct 10, 2019

"She had thought that the meaning of her daughter's name, hope, might grow a seed of hope in her heart, but it had not. She woke up every morning feeling very young, yet at the same time terribly old. Some days she felt as though she were still a child, other days as though she had felt far too much of the world for one life. That she had been burdened with duty ever since she was a child. That she had never really lived. She felt empty; she felt full. She needed people; she needed to be alone. She couldn't get the equation right. Who was to blame? She thought it was herself. She thought it was her mother, and her mother's mother, and the mothers of all their mothers, all the way back in time." pg. 248

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