Praise for the women of the family

Praise for the women of the family
Publisher: Olive Branch Press-interlink Publishing Group
Published Date: March 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-62371-984-5

Praise for the Women of the Family is a story of the women of the Al-Abd al-Lat clan, which has left the desert and is preparing to leave its Bedouin customs behind. The women of the clan struggle with these changes and many scorn those embracing modern life: when Rasmia accompanies her husband to a party, Najma wears a dress, and Sana gets a tan on her white legs, they set malicious tongues wagging; meanwhile, Wadha, the sixth wife of Mannan, the chief of the clan, still believes that the washing machine and television are inhabited by evil spirits. Set after the Nakba (the Palestinian exodus from what is now Israel) in a time of political and social change, the novel witnesses the rapid advance of modernity and the seeds of conflict beginning to grow in 1950s Palestine. It also shows why the liberation of the land would be impossible in a society that treats its women unjustly and denies them the right to dignity and equality with men.

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