Yara knows that her life is more rewarding than her mother's - so why doesn't it feel like enough? After Yara responds to a colleague's racist provocation, she is put on probation at work and must attend mandatory counselling. Her mother blames a family curse for Yara's troubles, and while Yara doesn't believe in superstitions, she still finds herself growing increasingly uneasy about falling victim to the same mistakes as her mother. Yara's carefully constructed world begins to implode and suddenly she must face up to the difficulties of her childhood, not fully realising how that will impact not just her own future, but that of her daughters too.
Praise for Etaf Rum: 'Wise, expansive, and deeply compassionate...This fierce story explores the notion of women's freedom and of what becomes of identity when gender roles, family and cultural traditions are challenged and rewritten' Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise
'A moving meditation on motherhood...stunning' Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics
'A moving look at the complexities of identity, marriage and redemption' Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcons 'A love letter to storytelling' New York Times
'Garnering justified comparisons to Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns....a must-read about women mustering up the bravery to follow their inner voice' Refinery 29
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