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HarperCollins (2019-03-05)
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English
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Biography, Literature & Literary studies
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A WOMAN IS NO MAN

by Rum, Etaf

Three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn are torn between individual desire and the strict mores of Arab culture in this powerful debut.

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 as she begins to have children - four daughters instead of the sons Fareeda tells Isra she must bear.

Brooklyn, 2008. Eighteen-year-old Deya, Isra's oldest daughter, must meet with potential husbands at her grandmother Fareeda's insistence, though her only desire is to go to college. Deya can't help but wonder if her options would have been different had her parents survived the car crash that killed them when Deya was only eight. But her grandmother is firm on the matter: the only way to secure a worthy future for Deya is through marriage to the right man.

But fate has a will of its own, and soon Deya will find herself on an unexpected path that leads her to shocking truths about her family - knowledge that will force her to question everything she thought she knew about her parents, the past, and her own future.

Set in an America at once foreign to many and staggeringly close at hand, A WOMAN IS NO MAN is a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. It is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about family and the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect.


Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY by Palestinian immigrants and is the eldest of nine children. Currently, she teaches college English and Literature in North Carolina. She has a Masters of Arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition. She also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans, which recently hit 160,000 followers. In addition to partnering with publishers to feature new work, she is also a Book of the Month Club Ambassador, showcasing her favorite selections each month.

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