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About the Author
Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, by Palestinian immigrants. She lives in North Carolina with her two children. Rum also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans. A Woman Is No Man is her first novel.
Ariana Delawari, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a musician, director, and actress. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, she directed We Came Home, an award-winning documentary about her journeys to Afghanistan since 9/11, the making of her album "Lion of Panjshir," and her family story. She recently became the first female of Afghan descent to perform rock music live in Afghanistan in over thirty years. She is also a member of the LA Ladies Choir and was recently a speaker and performer at the inaugural TEDx Kabul.
Susan Nezami is an audiobook narrator whose readings include The Idealist by Nina Munk, among others.
The daughter of Brooklyn Palestinian immigrants, Rum was often told 'a woman is no man.' Overcoming her fear of community reprisal, she alchemizes that limiting warning into a celebration of 'the strength and power of our women.'-- "Booklist"
In telling this compelling tale, Rum-who was born in Brooklyn to Palestinian immigrants herself-writes that she hopes readers will be moved 'by the strength and power of our women.' A richly detailed and emotionally charged debut.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Through well-developed characters and a wonderfully paced narrative, [Rum] exposes the impact that the embedded patriarchy of some cultures can have on women while showing more broadly how years of shame, secrets, and betrayal can burden families across generations no matter what the cultural or religious affiliation. 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"