A Woman Is No Man

A Woman Is No Man

This debut novel by an Arab-American voice,takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America. In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn?t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya?s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marr This debut novel by an Arab-American voice,takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America...

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Title:A Woman Is No Man
Author:Etaf Rum
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0062699768
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

A Woman Is No Man Reviews

  • Cheri
    May 06, 2019
    ?Where I come from, voicelessness is the condition of my gender, as normal as the bosoms on a woman?s chest, as necessary as the next generation growing inside her belly.? ?Where I come from, we?ve learned to conceal our condition. We?ve been taught to silence ourselv...
  • Jessica Jeffers
    Feb 10, 2019
    What an absolutely remarkable novel. ...
  • Maxwell
    Aug 08, 2018
    Disclaimer: I received an early review copy of this book from the author. However, all thoughts & opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. This novel follows three generations of Palestinian women in one family. Isra, our main character, is married off to Adam and take...
  • Will Byrnes
    Dec 02, 2018
    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?d opened my mouth to ask for what I wanted and realized no one could hear me. Deya Ra?Ad, a Brooklyn teenager, had been ...
  • Justin
    May 28, 2019
    Good lord, this is a powerful little book. I listened to it, and it?s narrated by three different women, and something about hearing the emotion in their voices as the dialogue unfolded made things much more intense than if I had just read the words off the page. It?s a story about...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 13, 2019
    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...
  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Feb 23, 2019
    ?On her knees on the floor, she could barely breathe. Blood leaked from her nose and down her chin. But she wiped her face and told herself she would take a beating every night if it meant standing up for her girls.? Every now and then a book comes along that impacts me so much ...
  • Michelle
    Mar 29, 2019
    Prepare to feel conflicted. If you liked my last inner dialogue review, you're in luck because this is going to be a long mess. (My thoughts that is.) Let's talk a little bit about me. I'm 37, white, of Russian/German/French/Swedish/Irish/Canadian descent, born and raised in Buffal...
  • Hannah
    Feb 20, 2019
    I think this book is about how women are oppressed? Maybe? It?s mentioned only 20 times on every page, so it?s a little unclear. I hope the sarcasm there is as transparent as this book?s message. Bad, heavy-handed writing reads like what a beginner creative writing student pr...
  • Lisa
    Feb 09, 2019
    The cover, title and preface of A Woman Is No Man are very striking and I was drawn into the pages immediately. Set in Brooklyn, the novel is about the voiceless women in a Palestinian immigrant family. The story felt familiar, I have read so many novels about the oppressed lives o...
  • Alex
    Mar 19, 2019
    Nope. Had to DNF. This was wrong on so many levels. It starts with a premise I was excited about, looking at the Palestinian diaspora but disappointed on all levels. The characters are caricatures, there is no subtlety just hammer the heads of the readers with the themes of misogyny an...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Mar 08, 2019
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Let me begin by saying that after my last experience with an internet famous "author" (term used as loosely as possible since she didn?t even write the thing, but failed to give credit where credit was due until be...
  • Fatma
    Mar 13, 2019
    1.5 stars wow this just completely missed the mark huh ? I'm so starved for any kind of Arab representation in fiction, let alone ownvoices Muslim Arab representation, so I jumped at the chance to read this when the audiobook popped up on Scribd. And oh boy was I disappoin...
  • Karen
    Mar 30, 2019
    This is a heartbreaking story of three generations of Palestinian-American women in one family..who have been oppressed by their culture. Trying to find a voice in their world dominated by men. This was a deeply affecting novel, a fantastic debut..and I loved it! ...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Feb 26, 2019
    Special thank you to Harper Books for this amazing opportunity. This is one of the most powerful stories I have ever read. I?m speechless, but I need to find a way to tell you all why this book is so important to read. I cannot get over or fathom the tremendous strength of Palesti...
  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    Apr 21, 2019
    ??? ? rounded up! This story follows 3 generations of Palestinian woman. It's told by 2 woman, Isra, who is a mother in an abusive arranged marriage, And by her daughter Deya. Isra is far away from her home country of Palestine raising her family. Deya is afraid of following i...
  • Jen
    Jul 01, 2019
    This is one of those stories that will dig in deep and make you want to scream at these cultures that undervalue women. We know we are different -physically - but that?s where it stops. Putting my anger aside, this is a beautifully written story of 2 Women who have migrated to Ame...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Mar 31, 2019
    Sometimes you read a book and you have no idea where to start because your emotions are all over the place? Am I right? But I also want to write my review now because my emotions are fresh, and this book was an emotional ride from start to finish. ? ? ? ? ? Told in two p...
  • Robin
    Jun 23, 2019
    This Book is No Literary Masterpiece A Woman Is No Man definitely did not come close to meeting my expectations. While the subject matter is indeed worthy (the oppression of women in the Arab culture) and the story full of potential (the voiced experiences of three generations of ...
  • Britta Böhler
    Mar 19, 2019
    The topic is interesting and important but the characters never came alive for me, and the writing and the structure should have been ?cleaned up? quite a bit. 2.5* ...
  • Leena Weddy
    Nov 19, 2018
    THIS BOOK. Holy shit. To be completely honest, even as a Palestinian Muslim who has spent her entire life unapologetically refusing to abide by patriarchal norms, the concept of this book scared me. So honest and raw, but so public. Muslims & all POC know too well that you don?t ...
  • Book of the Month
    Feb 01, 2019
    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones 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, @booksan...
  • Kathleen
    Apr 17, 2019
    Pressure. I can?t even conceive of the pressure immigrant Arab women must live under. Rum is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants herself, and like her character Deya Ra?Ad she was born and raised in Brooklyn in a Palestinian-Arab enclave. The pressure to maintain Palestinian cus...
  • may ❀
    Jun 24, 2019
    book #2 for #ReadTheMiddleEast readathon ? to say i am conflicted is to put it lightly i have A LOT of thoughts but fjkldajfkal will i write this review or not????? stay tuned to find out!!! ...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Apr 03, 2019
    This book like a gun blast to my chest, ripped my emotions and scatter them all over the places. This book made me sooo angry, this book made me cry, this book made me curse, hate the characters, made me feel sorry for the unfairness, inequality, ignorance ! There was not any exagge...
  • Maura
    Feb 15, 2019
    2.5 stars rounded down because while it ended on a strong note, the writing style just wasn't for me. I feel like this book suffers from false advertising. I chose it as my BOTM because I love a good intersectional feminist story written by a woman of color and I love contemporary l...
  • Amy Bruestle
    Nov 14, 2018
    ****SPOILER ALERT**** I want to start off by saying that I was fortunate enough to have won this book from a giveaway in exchange for an honest review... 3.5 stars is my rating for this book, here?s why: The concept for this book alone is definitely 5-star worthy! Stories li...
  • Lark Benobi
    Jul 21, 2019
    Oppressively earnest. And clearly not for me. I got irritated from the first paragraph, a paragraph that includes the--i'm sorry--completely portentous and unforgivable sentence But we will never tell you this of course; even though the narrator has just told me this thing that she "of...
  • Etaf Rum
    Nov 11, 2018
    I'd like to thank everyone who's taken the time to read. Regardless of whether you loved the book or hated it, thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts here. ...
  • Jenna Hager
    Jun 26, 2019
    I couldn't put this story down. I was obsessed with figuring out the mystery of this family. 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...