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A Woman Is No Man: A Novel

A Woman Is No Man: A Novel

Написано Etaf Rum

Озвучено Ariana Delawari, Dahlia Salem и Susan Nezami


A Woman Is No Man: A Novel

Написано Etaf Rum

Озвучено Ariana Delawari, Dahlia Salem и Susan Nezami

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4.5/5 (553 оценки)
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10 hours
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Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9780062897510
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Raising women’s voices…

TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager selected Etaf Rum’s novel about women in an immigrant community as her May 2019 #ReadWithJenna pick. Jenna said in the announcement on TODAY, “It's about what is acceptable for a woman — how a woman can use her voice. And to see these women change, and to see their idea of what they can be change over generations is really the story of so many women.”

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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 — a heart-wrenching story of love, intrigue, courage, and betrayal that will resonate with women from all backgrounds, giving voice to the silenced and agency to the oppressed.

"Where I come from, we’ve learned to silence ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence will save us. Where I come from, we keep these stories to ourselves. To tell them to the outside world is unheard of — dangerous, the ultimate shame.”

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 naive 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.

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Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9780062897510
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Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, by Palestinian immigrants. She teaches college English literature in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children. She also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans.


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  • TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager selected Etaf Rum's novel about women in an immigrant community as her May 2019 #ReadWithJenna pick. Jenna said in the announcement on TODAY, "It's about what is acceptable for a woman — how a woman can use her voice. And to see these women change, and to see their idea of what they can be change over generations is really the story of so many women."

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  • "A Woman is No Man" focuses on three generations of women in a Palestinian family all grappling with gendered societal and cultural expectations. Their voices, which are so often marginalized, come through loud and clear in this debut.

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  • (5/5)
    i was a freaking EMOTIONAL WRECK after reading this! It's heartbreaking, unflinching, and damned powerful. A Woman is No Man tells the story of three generations of Palestinian American women; two who immigrated to the US and one who was born there. The story centers on Irsa, a young woman who is married off to an American Muslim, she is terrified to leave behind her family and the only life she's ever known, but she has dreams that life will better for women in America. Maybe they wil be loved and respected and given opportunities; something she never had growing up. America proves to be another let down though her new family is just as strict as the one she left behind. She is expected to clean and cook all day and bear her husband sons. There is no room for growth or freedom; she can't leave the house, make friends, read, or relax. She is constantly bossed around by Fareeda, her husbands mother, who makes sure that Irsa knows her place. It's a man's world and she shouldn't get any foolish notions in her head. She gets pregnant pretty quickly and everyone is annoyed when she births a girl. A useless girl. Then she goes and has three more girls. She and her daughters are the shame of the family, Irsa's husband starts beating her. The other two perspectives in the story are from Fareeda, her mother in law, and Irsa's eldest daughter, Deya. Reading this book you wish it was taking place in the past, how could something so unfair and inhumane take place in today's society? Are women really so unappreciated and abused. The ending was especially heartbreaking. A necessary read that will break your heart.
  • (4/5)
    A look inside an embedded patriarchal culture. Isra loves to read, books show her a wider world than the insular one where she lives. Custom, however, dictates that women cannot continue with their schooling but must marry instead. When a Palestinian family, one who now make their home in New York, travel back to Palestine to find a bride for their eldest son, Isra finds herself married. She wants to fall in love, to be loved and to have more freedom. She is hoping in America to find a three.A culture, where a man is allowed to do anything, where a woman is just a possession, everything she has or does is at the mercy of a man. The worst thing a woman can do is bring shame on her family.Isra is someone whose hopes and fears, tug at the heartstrings. Wanting more, she must settle for less. Her eldest daughter will take on the challenge of being allowed to make ones own decisions. So the story alternates between the two, with an occasional chapter narrated by Fareeda, Isras mother in law. We learn all three of their stories.Isra's plight drew me in, her daughters made me hopeful. I finished this, looked around at my pile of books and thought how luck i was that no one stopped me from reading. So lucky. This was at times a very emotionally draining story, but I think a necessary one. A look inside what is for many a life of darkness. This let's a little light in, by making us aware of what goes on inside some of these closed cultures.ARC by Harper Collins.
  • (5/5)
    Heartbreaking/inspiring story of three generations of women from a Palestinian family that immigrated to Brooklyn, NY, told in alternating chapters through the voices of different family members during different time frames.I adored the theme throughout the novel that books can be life changing.
  • (5/5)
    I am not sure I have ever read a more tragic, heartbreaking story than this one. Devastating and masterfully executed, in my opinion.
  • (5/5)
    The utter misery and violent outcomes of being a woman in some Arab cultures spans three generations in this affecting novel. In the 1970s, Fareeda is forced to marry at 16 in a Palestinian refugee camp. After giving birth to twin daughters, to her husband's great disappointment, and then having the girls die of malnutrition, the family struggles to save enough to migrate to the US, where the family grows to include three sons and a daughter. Their Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Arab neighborhood is wholly and strictly judgmental on the low status of women, continuing the tradition of forcing them into early arranged marriage right after high school and encouraging the beating women and girls who rebel at their restrictions to the drudgery of home and children. In 1990, Isra, a young Palestinian girl, is chosen as a bride for Fareeda's son Adam and moves into the family home in Bay Ridge, where she gives birth to four girls and is constantly physically and emotionally abused. Adam, as eldest son, works endless hours to support multiple family businesses and takes out his misery on Isra. In an intense depression, she believes herself to be possessed by a jinn. In 2008, with her parents Isra and Adam both dead, eldest daughter Deya finds out the truth about her mother's life and wrestles with her own fate. Can she be the change agent for herself, her sisters, and her grandmother Fareeda, still anchored by her own self-loathing and complicity in the abuse?The author grew up in Bay Ridge and her abhorrence of the treatment of women in the Arab culture here and in Palestine is unmistakable. An American reader may be challenged to sympathize with her outrage without being too judgmental about the traditions of a different culture, but this level of mistreatment can never be excused or supported. This is a most powerful indictment, well told by a writer on a mission.Quote: “Isra was seized to confess, at last, the fear that circled her brain in endless loops: that she would do the same thing to her daughters that Mama had done to her. That she would force them to repeat her life.”
  • (4/5)
    A downer, but a rewarding read nonetheless, about generations of Palestinian women trying to break the cycle of abuse and repression and their slow struggle towards self-respect and self-love.
  • (5/5)
    A Woman Is No Man is an incredibly difficult, heart wrenching novel by a new author. Etaf Rum is a Palestinian woman who was raised in an oppressive, abuse filled home. This novel is a portrayal of the conservative community of Palestinians. Her experiences with oppression, domestic abuse, limited opportunities and an arranged marriage form the novel.The novel focuses on three generations of women. Fareeda, her daughter Sarah, her daughter-in-law Isra and Isra's daughter Deya are the main characters. The responsibilities of these Arab women, their sense of duty, their acceptance of their fate, their sense of shame are clearly and beautifully presented. It's impossible not to feel great empathy while also being unable to comprehend their lives.
  • (4/5)
    This debut novel from a child of immigrants tells the story of three generations of Palestinian women. But more than an immigrant story, it is rather a universal story, the balance between cultural continuity and individual freedom. Sometimes sad, sometimes violent, but well worth the read. I did find the character of Sarah jarring, lacking the authenticity of the other voices.
  • (4/5)
    Taught me a lot, but contains so much sadness.
  • (5/5)
    I’m sitting here at the end feeling the weight of some women’s burden and thankful for the freedom I have. Very well written, heavy, startling and eye opening.
  • (2/5)
    The book was interesting but frustrating, on one side of these people are their desire to live here and not their own homeland, the complaints are endless. The personal family side demonstrates the hypocrisy of their beliefs, woman are actually worthless, men are not responsible for anything even for the sex of their own children. Science has proven that numerous times and yet woman are still ignored, abused and sometimes killed because they had girls! How ludicrous!
  • (5/5)
    This book got all my emotions worked up but I definitely enjoyed it.
  • (5/5)
    Good book. A reality even today where woman not given respect they deserve. Education is the only way to change the attitude. Very sad in certain areas.
  • (5/5)
    Very insightful and emotional at times. I loved listening to this
  • (3/5)
    Started to struggle with the repetitive nature of the story around chapter seven or so, and did not finish the book.
  • (5/5)
    Captivating story and relatable for anyone who has felt trapped by the norms and bounds of society or their family. Would listen again in a heartbeat!
  • (5/5)
    Got me hooked till the end. The powerless women who struggle silently.
  • (4/5)
    I really liked it up until the end. It leaves a huge gap in the story.
  • (4/5)
    Beautifully written and narrated but I had issues with parts of the story. Sara’s advice to Daya was flat and unhelpful. Daya could have been placing herself in real danger and Sara’s “solution” was too simplistic, making it sound too easy for this 16 year girl. And the ending was odd although I could see what the author was trying to do. It didn’t work in my opinion. The last chapter felt unnecessary. But this was my only issue. The interweaving of the stories of multiple generations of the women of this family were fascinating and I enjoyed them very much.
  • (4/5)
    Very sad story of an arab family who flees from Palestine to the U.S. the story focuses on the women of the family who are suppressed by years of duty and outdated expectations.
  • (5/5)
    Three generations of woman in an American Palestinian family tell their story.The youngest is trying to find out more about her mother whom she has been told died in a traffic accident with her father.
  • (3/5)
    This book looks at the lives of three generations of Palestinian women, and questions whether their lives and opportunities have improved over time. In the present day Deya, born and raised in Brooklyn, wants to go to college, but is being forced by her grandparents into marriage. Her mother Isra was born in Palestine, but came to Brooklyn when she married. Isra died under mysterious circumstances when Deya was a young child, and Deya (and her younger sisters) have primarily been raised by Fareeda, her grandmother and Isra's mother-in-law.This was a decent look at the lives of Palestinian women, but it is way too repetitive, and needs some expert trimming by a good editor. We didn't need to hear for the umpteenth time from each of these characters that women in the Palestinian culture have no option other than marriage. And that, no matter what they must put up with and accept spousal abuse. I also got very annoyed at the blame being placed on women who had daughters rather than sons--this is the 21st century--don't they know the sex of the child is determined by the male?Nevertheless, this was a glimpse behind the curtain into a culture I don't know much about. I especially liked reading about the food.
  • (5/5)
    Astonishing book, a story that really makes one think. And although it comes with a pretty clear message, I’d say, it doesn’t paint the world in black and white. I liked the way it’s written, too - and read.
  • (4/5)
    This was such a heartbreaking book. It’s so sad because these types of arranged marriages still exist and there are many women suffering in silence. The only thing I disliked in the book was the description and the relationship between Sarah and Deya. The conversation sounded way too dull and insincere. The reunion was too dramatic to leave many meetings with untold stories. I didn’t see how she really helped Deya and how Fareeda changed her expectations so quickly. Maybe it missed a few more chapters to explain this reunion and the changes Fareeda was experiencing but other than that, the book is worth reading!
  • (3/5)
    It was a decent book right up to the end when the story didn't make any sense. I kept thinking that my phone was jumping chapters.. Waste of my time
  • (5/5)
    This book is absolutely interesting. Its amazing to see how despite the difference in cultures I could relate to the women in the book. This only goes to show a woman needs to be more courageous and more daring to survive in this world.
  • (5/5)
    Such a sad story ???. A must read for all people who would like to understand how oppressive culture can be.
  • (5/5)
    Great book! Highly recommend! Finished it in a day!
  • (5/5)
    This book literally left me in tears on how mother's and women sacrificed so much just so we can live a better life
  • (4/5)
    We are done









    Great reading I gave this. 4 1/2 stars