Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.


This week’s book:

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

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Blurb from Goodreads

This debut novel by an Arab-American voice,takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America.

In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents 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 a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.

Why I Want To Read It

Upon checking in Goodreads, I have already marked Palestinian-American writer Etaf Rum’s A Woman is No Man as “Want To Read”. Unfortunately, I forgot the reason why I tagged it as such. I think, initially, the synopsis was enough to pique my curiosity. (I did mark quite a lot of books as “Want to Read” based on Goodreads suggestions as well.)

Just today, I encountered this in-depth and introspective review from Callie Leigh @ Bottled Creativity. It was very convincing, making me rethink of the reason why I want and need to read the book. I can’t recall reading a novel about Palestine or its people but I do know a thing or two about their turbulent history, especially their conflict with their neighbor Israel. I know it is rather prejudicial to associate a nation and its people to one facet of many. It is for this reason that I am always in the hunt for novels or books that will offer me an insight into a nation’s culture and denizens, just like the way Hosseini’s works gave me a deeper insight into Afghanistan, its people and its traditions.

On the surface, A Woman is No Man looks like the quintessential migration narrative. Perhaps or perhaps not. I am sure, however, that it carries more to it than that. I have also noted from the review linked in this post that there were discussion on some literary works as well. You know what? I am suddenly very interested to read this book. I am just hoping my local bookstore carry the title. If not, then I will keep on crossing my fingers until I find one.

And thus ends my Goodreads Monday post. How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!