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The Almond: The Sexual Awakening of a Muslim Woman by Nedjma, translated by C. Jane Hunter [in AsianWeek]

AlmondPublished under a pseudonym because of its autobiographical nature, this hoping-to-be controversial novel recounts the erotic maturation of a young Muslim woman. She’s married off at 17 to an older man who brutalizes her under familial pressure to beget a son. She escapes, seeking refuge with an aunt-by-marriage and becomes the mistress of a society doctor. Touted as a Muslim Vagina Monologues about a woman’s sexual independence, the protagonist ultimately trades one man’s physical brutality for another man’s emotional (and sexual) manipulation. Where’s the liberation in that?

Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, June 30, 2005

Readers: Adult

Published: 2005 (United States)


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