Year 13, Book 79

79. A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Deya is a teenager in Brooklyn raised by her grandparents after her parents death. Even though she doesn’t want to get married her grandparents are starting to bring suitors around for an arranged marriage. Then one day a mysterious woman shows up hinting to Deya that there may be more to the story of her parents than she knows. Deya’s story is told in alternating chapters with that of Isra, her mother who came to Brooklyn from Palestine as part of arranged marriage to Deya’s father Adam until the two stories converge. I really, really liked this book. It delves deftly into the struggles of family, culture, and trying to stay true to one’s own self. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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