A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum audiobook

A Woman Is No Man: A Novel

By Etaf Rum
Read by Ariana Delawari , Susan Nezami , and Dahlia Salem

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062699763


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982610906

  • ISBN: 9781982610890

  • ISBN: 9781982610913

Runtime: 10.25 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English



New York Times bestseller

A Washington Post Pick of the Month

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A USA Today Pick of the Week

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now in Paperback

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of Top Women's Fiction

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019



New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • A Washington Post 10 Books to Read in March • Marie Claire Best Women’s Fiction of 2019 • Washington Book Review Difficult-To-Put-Down Novel • A Refinery 29 Best Books of the Month • An Electric Lit 20 Best Debuts of the First Half of 2019 • A The Millions Most Anticipated Books of 2019 • A USA Today Best Book of the Week • An Elaine Newton—Summer Reading List Critic’s Choice • Girls Night In Book Club Pick

“I couldn't put it down.  I was obsessed with figuring out the mystery of this family."   —Jenna Bush Hager, Today Show Book Club Pick

“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

“A stunning debut novel that hooked me from page one.... Rum accomplishes the high-wire act of telling a story that feels both contemporary and timeless, intimate and epic."    —Tara Conklin, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Last Romantics

"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 ofdangerous, the ultimate shame.”

Palestine, 1990. Seventeen-year-old Isra prefers reading books to entertaining the suitors her father has chosen for her. Over the course of a week, the naïve and dreamy girl finds herself quickly betrothed and married, and is soon living in Brooklyn. There Isra struggles to adapt to the expectations of her oppressive mother-in-law Fareeda and strange new husband Adam, a pressure that intensifies as she begins to have children—four daughters instead of the sons Fareeda tells Isra she must bear.

Brooklyn, 2008. Eighteen-year-old Deya, Isra’s oldest daughter, must meet with potential husbands at her grandmother Fareeda’s insistence, though her only desire is to go to college. Deya can’t help but wonder if her options would have been different had her parents survived the car crash that killed them when Deya was only eight. But her grandmother is firm on the matter: the only way to secure a worthy future for Deya is through marriage to the right man.

But fate has a will of its own, and soon Deya will find herself on an unexpected path that leads her to shocking truths about her family—knowledge that will force her to question everything she thought she knew about her parents, the past, and her own future.

Set in an America at once foreign to many and staggeringly close at hand, A Woman Is No Man is a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. It is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about family and the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The triumph of Rum’s novel is that she refuses to measure her women against anything but their own hearts and histories…Both a love letter to storytelling and a careful object lesson in its power.” New York Times Book Review
“What is a woman’s life worth? This question echoes across countries and generations through Etaf Rum’s intense debut novel…a tale as rich and varied as America itself.” Washington Post
“Well-developed characters and a wonderfully paced narrative…Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Ariana Delawari, Dahlia Salem, and Susan Nezami provide variations in accent, rhythm, and speed so listeners can distinguish between the main characters. Delawari is the voice of teenage Isra…Salem assumes the hurt, confused voice of Deya, Isra’s teenage daughter…Nezami is the older, mature, and dominating Fareeda. Listeners will become enmeshed in the overlapping ambitions of these fascinating women. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A celebration of ‘the strength and power of our women.’” Booklist
“A richly detailed and emotionally charged debut.” Kirkus Reviews




Author Bio: Etaf Rum

Author Bio: Etaf Rum

Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn by Palestinian immigrants. She has a Masters of Arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition and teaches college English and Literature in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children. Etaf also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans, which has over 160,000 followers, and is also a Book of the Month Club Ambassador. Her favorite author is Sylvia Plath.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English