A Woman Is No Man
Deya is the oldest of her sisters being raised by their strictly traditional, Palestinian grandparents. As Deya nears graduation from high school, her grandparents have amped up the desire to see her married. The constant parade of potential husbands has Deya feeling trapped and hopeless, afraid of the same fate her mother met.
This book illustrated the relationship of three generations of Palestinian women, tied to culture and tradition but yearning for the freedom of choosing their own path. While the book's focus is on the women, it doesn't ignore the cultural obligations of the men in the family, especially the eldest male.
If I have a complaint, it is that it ignores the huge dark shadow of mental illness that is prevalent throughout the book. However, since it is so immersed in the Arab culture, this very well may have been on purpose. Mental illness is not thought of as a disease in Arab culture but as something that can be overcome if one wants it enough. Overall, I loved this book even as tragic as it was. The character arcs throughout were brilliantly done and I can see why it is one of Amazon's Best Books of 2019 so far.