Author: Etaf Rum
In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.-Goodreads
Review: This is a heartbreaking book about a few generations of women. Isra is forced to leave Palestine with her new American husband, Adam. But life in America is anything but happy. Living with Adam's parents and being forced to work herself to the bone, Isra struggles to come to grips with in-laws, marriage, pregnancies and children. A sad tale that I was immersed in.