D out with total silence about reality being the norm Overall A Woman Is No Man is a thoughtful honest powerful portrayal of a family its cultural values and its inner workings Sometimes we remember the experiences we have while reading a book The thoughts self reflections I can tell you this story will never leave meThis important article written by the author is not to be missed received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom I d like to thank everyone who s taken the time to read Regardless of whether you
LOVED THE BOOK OR HATED ITthe book or hated it you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts here 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 Palestinian women I feel I have just read something of sub par alityFrom the first chapter I could not shed the impression that I was reading a mediocre YA novel not literary fiction This book has a distinct lack of complexity or nuance It is also incredibly repetitive Characters are always talking to themselves asking themselves lists of Triumph (TriAlpha Chronicles, uestions over and over Scenes situations and conversations repeat relentlesslyRum deserves recognition for telling this story a story that was keptnder wraps for generations She also does a good job of depicting the cycle of abuse of women in her culture and the need for courage and education in order to effect change But the story is told in a very simplistic after school special way The story and the characters are as flat as a pita bread straight from Fareeda s oven I don t feel I have learned anything new and that is sad considering that
I M A WASP LIVING INm a WASP living in stars for subject matter 1 star for delivery Zero stars for false advertising I m looking at YOU Millions list wtf All this combines for a very grumpy 2 stars from me 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 #who now make their 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 freedom She is hoping in America to find a threeA 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 familyIsra is someone whose hopes and fears tug at the heartstrings Wanting 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 storiesIsra 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 We Love You, Charlie Freeman us aware of what goes on inside some of these closed culturesARC by Harper Collins This book like a gun blast to my chest ripped my emotions and scatter them all over the placesThis book made me sooo angry this book made me cry this book made me curse hate the characters made me feel sorry for thenfairness ineuality ignorance There was not any exaggeration there are too many women in the world suffering the rules from patriarchal culture customs illogical traditions made them feel vulnerable worthless and weak They never know how important their lives how to define themselves and mostly how to stand The Messy Accident (An ABDL Story) up for their rights No matter what is culture religion country race most important thing in the life is not to lose your humanity inside As you read the book the leading male characters are all losing their humanity and choosing abuse as an excuse of their traditions This book is slap on your face and harsh wakep call to change the point of views about strength of women and their capabilities Four women s story of different generations rocked my world I loved them I got angry of them I felt sorry for them But mostly I respected them This book is not an easy read some parts deeply froze my bloodshocked me that I wanted to throw my kindle Rents give her no choice History is repeating itself Deya’s mother Isra also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident a secret note from.
Free read A Woman Is No ManGainst the wall But every word you read and everything that make you feel are so worth it That s so far best thing I read in this yearbloginstagramfacebooktwitter THIS BOOK Holy shit To be completely honest even as a Palestinian Muslim who has spent her entire life It Looks Like This 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 air your dirty laundry You don t talk about all your shit in front of outsiders Even if it comes at the expense of your community s advancement you deny that there are any deeply rooted problems for fear of confirming stereotypes in all of their false simplicity and orientalism You deny it for fear of contributing to your community s otherness or strengthening the claim that whiteness has in saving you and invading your lands But this book is brilliant in that it is not centered around whiteness Rather It is a painfully accurate description of the conditions too many ofs know and live with but so powerfully contextualized The story follows the lives of 3 generations of Palestinian women and captures the complexity of generational trauma and family the violence of occupation and diaspora and of course the incomprehensible strength and resilience of women It has given me so much perspective and inspiration and I will probably read it 100 timesEtaf you are incredibly talented and brave Thank you for serving the Palestinian Muslim community in this Kaffir Boy unconventional way I appreciate you and support you and you all should too The plot isn t creative and the writing dexterity is limited but it gives voice to a largely voiceless population Arab women so rarely showp in literature that hearing a story any story from their perspective feels fresh and exciting even when the general premise is tiredI can appreciate too that this isn t just about Arab women it also seems to be written directly for them One of the leads is forced to sneak around to read books because it *isn t culturally appropriate She laments that in all her reading none of the characters resemble her or relate * t culturally appropriate She laments that in all her reading none of the characters resemble her or relate her experienceRum seeks to fix that problem with a story fully devoted to the female Arab experience She also has an abundantly clear goal to inspire readers to break the bonds of tradition and become independent Much of the book can be summed p as Daughter you must be married But Mama I want to go to collegeLest there be any confusion about which path is right the complacent daughters live miserable lives while
everything is peachy keen for the girls who rebel and become Americanized In the end there s roomis peachy keen for the girls who rebel and become Americanized In the end there s room both paths but I did wish the author depicted positive aspects of Arab culture At times it comes across preachy if not personally bitter against traditionThe preachiness may be a style decision however Much of the dialogue sounds childish with themes stated outright and points made excessively clear I think this is done intentionally for the sake of Arab American girls whose first language may not be English The novel is extremely accessible and meant to be that way That s not a bad thing Maybe the style will turn off some people like me but I think it s a smart decision overall given her goalsDefinitely happy with my reading experience even if it ended p being surface level than desired wow this book holds so many significant messages the importance of educating oneself how to find your voice leaning that self acceptance is the only necessary acceptance and what it means to be a woman but most importantly this also shows how life saving storiesbooks can be i adored the critical role reading plays in many of the characters lives as a bookworm nothing makes me happier that being said i have a couple of critiues i dont really like how men are portrayed in this every main male character is inherently cruel im not sure if this is a specific personal representation or what but with this story having a very obvious feminist tone the overwhelming negative characterisation of men kind of rubs me the wrong way and because the oppression is so blatant there is no nuance for the message i swear i read the words women have no choices at least fifty different times its so repetitive yes the message is important but the writing started to feel like it was beating a dead horse by the end this is a debut novel so i believe these characterisation and writing skills will come in time there is a lot of promise within the pages of this book and theres no doubt it gives a voice to so many who are marginalised so i will definitely be keeping an eye out for ERs future stories 35 star. A mysterious yet familiar looking woman makes Deya estion everything she was told about her past As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra she begins to nderstand the dark complex secrets behind her community. I was born without a voice one cold
day in Brooklyn New York No one spoke of my condition I did not know I was mutein Brooklyn New York No one ever spoke of my condition I did not know I was mute 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 raised by people who guarded old world beliefs and customs It was expected of her that she would agree to marry one of the Muslim suitors who passed her family s muster and begin producing babies as soon as possible and as for having a separate career a separate identity well not so much It could have been worse She could have had her mother s lifeThis is a tale of three generations of women told primarily in two time periods Isra Hadid was born and raised in Palestine We follow her story from 1990 when she was 17 She dreamed of findin 15 starswow 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 p on Scribd And oh boy was I disappointed This book s biggest weakness
is without a doubt its lack of nuance I don t want to be thewithout a doubt its lack of nuance I don t want to be the that s like oh the oppression you represented in your book isn t complicated enough I m sure women did and still do experience the kind of marginalization Rum depicts in this book domestic abuse a lack of choices physical confinement etc And I also know the amount of pressure that gets put on works by authors of colour to be representative of their entire ethnicracial groups I don t want to hold Rum responsible for somehow failing to encapsulate the entirety of the Arab experience no one book can do that But all that being said I still think her book severely lacked nuance in its representation of all its characters in its messages in everything really More than nuance I think this novel suffers from being EXTREMELY repetitive By the time you get to the halfway point of the narrative it feels like you re just reading the same scenes over and over again Isra makes tea for her mother in law her mother in law is disappointed that she s given birth to a girl Deya s grandmother tells her she should consider her marriage options Deya says she doesn t want to Isra loves to read ad infinitum When you re reading the same scenes represented in the same simplistic on the nose ways again and again and again the reading experience starts to drag ickly All of this is not to say that I m not happy that this book was written I m all for stories about Arab experiences especially ownvoices ones I definitely wish there were but I m glad that Arab authors are getting the chance to get books published I didn t much like this novel in particular but here s hoping that other good ones are written 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 past timelines with different narrators we mostly hear from eighteen year old Deya and her mother Isra We also occasionally hear from Fareeda Deya s grandmother and Isra s mother in law The family is Palestinian and the story begins with Isra living in Palestine and succumbing to an arranged marriage with a Palestinian American Adam I say succumbing because she did not want to get married and leave her family thousands of miles behindIsra also shares that she did not grow The Riddle of the Yellow Canary up in the most loving of homes including insights into a daughter sniue role in the family getting the tea and coffee just right not being educated and keeping Inside the Asylum uiet about the physical abuse that occurs Deya also does not want to get married and Fareeda is working hard to arrange her match Deya Dreams of college and loves to read She travels many of the same roads as her mother being seen as a burden because she is a girl not placing a value on her education her voice not being heard reuiring constant supervision There s also a mystery within this story Deya has been told her parents died in a car accident but she learns that is not the case So what happened to them There is a web of secrets Deya never could have imagined I savored A Woman Is No Man I read it slowly and reflected throughout The writing is beautiful but precise and completely engaging and it begs thoughtfulness In my own family I received mixed messages about the roles of women but mostly my biggest takeaways were that I was to be educated and fierce I can t imagine what it would be like to be taught the exact opposite messages repeatedly day in an. This debut novel by an Arab American voicetakess inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in AmericaIn Brooklyn eighteen year old Deya is starting to meet with suitors Though she doesn’t want to get married her grandpa.