222 Osborne, Winnipeg, MB
Three members have put up this book as a suggestion! Nominated for multiple awards, it's the story of a woman late in life, who lives in an isolated apartment in Beirut, immersed in a life of reading and books. committed to her apartment and independence even through the horrors of civil war and advanced age. To be a single woman in a culture like this is a challenging proposition, but Aaliya is an iconoclast, and by the end of the book she will be confronted by both the outside world and her inner one.
Reviews of the book, while almost always flattering, often bring up the story's difficulty. It is a dense and complicated story; the Guardian's review even says "Alameddine’s narrative is digressive, at times didactic, unapologetically mandarin, written in resistance to almost all the current norms of a “well‑made” novel; just as Aaliya – with her blue and grey shorn hair, her awkward height and her bad temper – resists her culture’s call for women to be attractively adorned. Simultaneously a philosophical rumination, a literature class and a cry from the heart, An Unnecessary Woman is, precisely in its strangeness, a genuine literary pleasure: a complicated one."
Library resources are not as great as you might expect with such a well-received book. You'll want to reserve your copy early.
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