In the locust and the bird my mothers story the contemporary arab author hanan al shaykh writes the biography of kamila her mother al shaykh tells the story of her mothers childhood in 1930s lebanon her forced marriage at the age of 14 her illicit love affair with the man who later became her second husband her divorce from her first . Review the locust and the bird my mothers story by hanan al shaykh a lebanese womans tale of forced marriage and illicit romance impresses joan bakewell. A tale of female independence deeply reflective and moving san francisco chronicle the locust and the bird conquers the distance between mother and daughter revealing the tragedies that can ensue when cultural machismo forces brave women into impossible choices jayne anne phillips more a vital work about the lives of arabic families . Amazon exclusive hanan al shaykh on the locust and the bird my mother was a phenomenon to all those who knew her she lived her hard life in a peculiar comic way my mother lied stole betrayed abandoned her children loved hated and said no to her family to her society she was also beaten cursed starved and adored
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