A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

A real look at the struggle faced by conservative Arab women living in America. They have to grapple with the claws of tradition, while raising kids in a ‘free’ country like America. I really love these multi-generational stories and this one is well-done. The dialogue is spot-on; it doesn’t feel forced at all.

I didn’t grow up in an Arab family, but I was brought up in a Greek immigrant household, in Canada so I can relate to this type of family. My grandparents put pressure on my mother to marry a Greek, not an skenos, outsider. There was pressure for us to preserve our language, culture, and of course attend Greek Orthodox church. Now I myself am an immigrant to Taiwan and am going through the ‘immigrant experience’ all over again.

More books about immigrants! I hope this book finds it ways into the hands of many young girls and encourages them to find their own voice.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #3 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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