When Helene is packing up her belongings in readiness for her imminent move and marriage, she unearths a faded old exercise book. As she reads she cannot anticipate the effect it will have upon her own future.
It is the diary of Juletane, a young West Indian woman. Written over three weeks, it records her short life; her lonely childhood in France, her marriage to an African student, and her eager return, with him, to Africa -- the land of her ancestors. In stark contrast to her naive illusions, the social realities of traditional Muslim life and their cultural demands on her as a woman threaten to drive her to unendurable extremes of loneliness and complete alienation. She is a foreigner, in spite of the color of her skin.
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I brought this book for my Women's lit course and I'm not gonna lie I thought it was gonna be a complete snorefest... but honestly once I started reading I couldn't put it down I finished it in one night ... IT WAS THAT GOOD! I even passed my exam on it so it was a win win for me!
Great read, entertaining and easy to read, but also tragically beautiful. I really enjoyed it.
This is a tremendously powerful story. If you are looking for something that will give you a glimpse of what francophone, Muslim, women are thinking and going through, this is an excellent source. Heavy with symbolism and the plight of women in oppressive societies, it makes a great source for a college-level paper.
But, be prepared. The ending is devastating and painful.
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