Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence, and Other Stories - Silence, and Dinner in the Black Market Summary & Analysis

Layla Abu Zayd
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Silence: Two elderly sisters returned to a home on the day before the holy month of Ramadan. One was youthful-looking and robust; the other was sickly and thin. Silence dominated the household, and there was an unstated tension between the women. Ramadan began, in which fasting takes place during the day. The sick, thin woman took comfort in the sense of community and serenity that comes with Ramadan, while the robust sister was angry and bad-tempered. The tension came to a head when the sick, thin sister called the robust one a whore. It was revealed that the robust sister stole the husband of the sick, thin sister, causing divorce. It was further revealed that the robust sister took the sickly sister in to her home as a way of asking God for...

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