Etaf Rum's Debut Novel Launches with Positive Reviews

I’m very grateful and proud to have been an early participant in this project and hope that it opens hearts and minds and empowers all who read it.


Etaf Rum

debut novelist (HarperCollins)

“Distinctly, defiantly and earnestly, “A Woman Is No Man” belongs to itself.” —New York Times

“Rum adds her fresh voice to a burgeoning generation of Arab American women writers… “A Woman Is No Man” complicates and deepens the Arab American story — a tale as rich and varied as America itself.” —The Washington Post

“heartfelt and piercing” —USA Today

“Rum is a master storyteller who weaves agony, life and healing together into a beautifully written tale ... A WOMAN IS NO MAN will break your heart even as it inspires hope; it’s a book you will never forget.” —Book Reporter

a Washington Post 10 Books to Read in March

a Refinery 29 Best Books of the Month

a The Millions Most Anticipated Books of 2019

Amazon Charts 10 Essential Reads March 2019

#16 IndieBound Bestseller

“In a six-figure preempt, Erin Wicks at Harper took world rights to The Place an Arrow Shoots From [re-titled A Woman Is No Man], a debut novel by Palestinian-American author Etaf Rum.” (PublishersWeekly)

Etaf Rum HarperCollins Author Page

“Cristen is the most BRILLIANT editor I have ever worked with. Her editorial comments on my novel (which is currently in the hands of a super-agent at ICM) helped me recognize several patterns in my writing style, both good and bad. She has a eye for what good writing should read like, and every single comment she made was 100% accurate. That kind of editing is a gift that few people possess. She will always be my go-to editor.” —Etaf Rum, 2016