Etaf Rum Writing Styles in A Woman Is No Man

Etaf Rum
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Point of View

The novel is told almost entirely from the third person point of view, with the exception of the opening perspective of two pages. Most of the novel is told from Isra and Deya’s third person point of view, starting first with Isra, then with Deya, but in Part II, Rum introduces Fareeda’s third person point of view. The reader is told the point of view as Rum labels each perspective one of their names at the start of the chapter, along with the location, season, and year. Isra’s point of view starts in Palestine as she is a bright and excited, though nervous teenager. As she moves to Brooklyn and has more and more children, her point of view becomes increasingly depressed and afraid, especially as Adam beats her. Her point of view spans over seven years (1990 - 1997) but mainly revolves around...

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