by Etaf Rum
This is a wonderful book,telling the stories of three generations of Palestinian women living in America.The story moves from Palestine in 1990 to Brooklyn in 2008. The central characters are seventeen year old Isra,who comes to Brooklyn because of an arranged marriage,her mother-in-law Fareeda and her daughter,Deya. Each of them struggles with the expectations of their strict Arab culture.It is a story that deals with what it means to be a woman,immigration,violence and oppression. This is not light summer reading but well worth the time.