Saturday, September 30, 2023

Eight top books revolving around a historical collective trauma

Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, by Palestinian immigrants. She lives in North Carolina with her two children.

Rum also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans.

A Woman Is No Man is her first novel. Her new novel is Evil Eye.

At Lit Hub she tagged eight books in which "trauma is a central theme that shapes the lives of the characters and influences their choices, relationships, and identities." One title on the list:
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

This novel explores the trauma of family dysfunction, societal expectations, and the rigid caste system in India. The characters in the story carry the trauma of their childhood experiences into adulthood, affecting their relationships, self-esteem, and the choices they make.
Read about another entry on the list.

The God of Small Things is among Fatin Abbas's eight top books on borders concrete & intangible, Rebecca Wait's top ten books about twins, Alex Hyde's top ten mirrored lives in fiction, Saumya Roy's seven unlikely love stories in literature, and Miranda Doyle's top ten books about lies.

--Marshal Zeringue