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 wil 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 aving a separate career, a separate identity, well, not eve much.
Isra looooooved reading A Thousand and One Nights, ook that holds special meaning for her.
Isra was married off as a teen and moved with her new fianc, Adam, from her home in Palestine to Brooklyn.
She is largely left to her own devices, is hampered even by a hostile mother-in-law, and sees no support system in other Islamic women in Brooklyn.
They may come from a Palestinian background, but Deya was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, USA, New World, and is not ok with feeling forced into a set of rules that not only is alien to this place, but which she finds personally indefensible.
We need to understan more about the circumstances of Isra and Adam ’ s headin, and therefore does Deya.
Eve nearly so much as Deya and Isra, but nough to make ense of what her life was like, and how her experiences helped shape the person she became.
One day a mysterious woman leaves a message for Deya on the steps of her parents ’ house, which raises even more questions.
But no with new insigh, Deya is still faced with impossibl choices, and actually has to cope with some difficult people.The stories of Deya and Isra in particular are compelling.
It is an interest that is revived in Brooklyn when a relation notices Isra ’ s desire for reading and begins roviding her with books.
Isra carves out precious personal time in which to read, a necessary salve in a wounded life.
“ Isn ’ t that the tory of king who vows to marry and kill a different gir every night because his wife cheats on him. ” “ Yes! ” Isra said, excited that Sarah had read it.
“ Then he ’ s confronted by Scheherazade, who knows him a new story for a thousand and one nights until he eventually spares her life.
I love the storytelling, the way to many tales unfold at once, the concept of a oman telling stories for her life.
I prefer stories about real life. ” “ But it is about real life, ” Isra said.
Isra, Daya, and Fareeda ’ s novels are the means by which Etaf Rum fills us in on a largely overlooked aspect of contemporary life.
Anothe Woman is Actually Man is not just a fascinatin tory of the trials of immigration, but powerful look at the continuation of a culture of socio-economic sexual dimorphism that treats males as rightful beings and females as second-class citizens at best, breeding-stock or slaves at worst.
What Rum has provided with A Woman is No Man is a look at thi particular set of women who have been suffering for centuries without the benefit of much public awareness.
“ Silence is the only option for Palestinian women suffering domestic violence, even here in America, and I hope to give voice to these women in my…novel. ”- Etaf Rum One thing that I particularly liked was that Rum put the men ’ s brutality into some context, not treating it as some immutable male characteristic, or excusing it, but pointing out that it ad an origin in the wider world, and showing how women could come to reject the unacceptable.