Book Review: A Woman is No Man

Title: A Woman is No Man
Author: Etaf Rum
TW: Domestic Abuse.
Rating: 5 of 5

I buddyread this with a friend on Instagram weeks ago and I planned to pen down a review immediately after, but found it incredibly hard.

This is a groan of collective misery and Etaf Rum does a wonderful job of telling their stories.

The story follows three generation of women, in two parallel timelines, as they give meaning and breathe life into their Palestinian culture, at the same time warring against conflicting values.

The writing is excellent and asides the otherwise heavy themes, makes for an easy read. Etaf Rum crafts a masterful tale of lost dreams; loyalty lost and earned; broken expectations; courage; resilience; and renewed one.

I have found that I cannot capture the excellence that is the book without sounding downright hysterical. However, reading this book evoked many emotions in me and just like I did, you might cry your eyes out. I am breathless, shaking and still reeling at the sad reality of life outside my bubble.

Once again, I am reminded that we might be strangers, but we will cry together and laugh together; and at the end of the day, listening to another person’s story is showing great consideration.


Hello! My name is Preye and I am a 2nd-year law student at the University of Porthacourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. I love writing, reading and Korean dramas. When I am doing neither of these things, I can be found manifesting my inner Tina Snow on the dance floor.

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