The New York Times bestseller and Read with Jenna TODAY SHOW Book Club pick telling the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women struggling to express their individual desires within the confines of their Arab culture in the wake of shocking intimate violence in their community.
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“Garnering justified comparisons to Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns… Etaf Rum’s debut novel is a must-read about women mustering up the bravery to follow their inner voice.” —Refinery 29
“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.”
-Etaf Rum, A Woman Is No Man
Rum takes us inside a world where few of us have been before: the lives of conservative Arab women living in America. Fans of fiction that explores multicultural identity, and universal themes of loss, displacement, and transformation such as The Kite Runner, Americanah, and Everything I Never Told You will be drawn to this powerful novel.