September 3, 2021

A Woman is No Man Review

A Woman is No Man Review

Title: A Woman is No Man
Author: Etaf Rum
Style: Contemporary, Historical Fiction
Rating: 5/5

“I was born without a voice, one cold, overcast day in Brooklyn, New York. No one ever spoke of my condition. I did not know I was mute until years later, when I opened my mouth to ask for what I wanted and realized no one could hear me.”

Synopsis in One Sentence:
A heartbreaking story that takes the reader into the home of conservative Arab women.

My Thoughts:
The writing is beautiful. Truly stunning. This was a story that pulled at my emotions.  I feel as if it's the untold story of many Arab Women in the world. The story is told in three different perspectives.  Isra, who immigrates to the US to marry Adam in an arranged marriage.  Deya, Isra's first daughter.   Fareeda, who is Adam's mother. Going from past to present you learn about some of the hardships some Arab women face on a daily basis.  I found myself being angry and sad about how the women were treated in the story.  I am finding that I am at a loss for words when it comes to writing this review because I don't think anything I write will do this book justice.  I feel like this book is a must read and I'm sad it's taken me this long to read it.  It's been on my tbr for a long time.