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Evil Eye by Etaf Rum

Evil Eye

A Novel

by Etaf Rum

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  • Sep 2023
    352 pages
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The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Woman Is No Man returns with a striking exploration of the expectations of Palestinian-American women, the meaning of a fulfilling life, and the ways our unresolved pasts affect our presents.

"After Yara is placed on probation at work for fighting with a racist coworker, her Palestinian mother claims the provocation and all that's come after were the result of a family curse. While Yara doesn't believe in old superstitions, she finds herself unpacking her strict, often volatile childhood growing up in Brooklyn, looking for clues as to why she feels so unfulfilled in a life her mother could only dream of. Etaf Rum's follow-up to her 2019 debut, A Woman Is No Man, is a complicated mother-daughter drama that looks at the lasting effects of intergenerational trauma and what it takes to break the cycle of abuse." —Time magazine, "The Most Anticipated Books of the Year"

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"A deeply resonant tale of multigenerational trauma and survival." —Booklist (starred review)

"Compelling... . Rum does not simplify the choices Yara faces as a woman whose ambition conflicts with family responsibility... . Rum's nuanced approach to difficult questions of individual and cultural identity is refreshing." —Kirkus Reviews

"The fierce feminist sentiments and nuanced approach to Yara's fraught marriage and family history make for a winning combination. This satisfies on multiple levels." —Publishers Weekly

"Wise, expansive, and deeply compassionate, Etaf Rum's Evil Eye takes a deep dive into the tensions between generations and cultures as it follows a young Palestinian-American woman on her journey into self-discovery. 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. A rich and compelling read." —Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Fencing with the King and Birds of Paradise

"With subtlety and precision, Etaf Rum interrogates the complex interior landscapes of love, passion, immigration, identity and art. Rum is a phenomenal talent who combines raw honesty with a lyrical sensibility. A wonderful read!" —Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee and The Leftover Woman

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Etaf Rum Author Biography

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The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Masters of Arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition and teaches undergraduate courses in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children. Etaf also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans and is also a Book of the Month Club Ambassador, showcasing her favorite selections each month.

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