Anna Halabi takes you along the everyday lives of Syrian married women. Syrian Brides is a compilation of humorous short stories. Take Jamila who has a clever way to make her husband Hassan forget Munira, his deceased first wife, or Um Hussam who’s testing the senses of the candidate brides to find a suitable bride for her son. Mariam is from the Philippines, baptized as a Catholic, but converted to Islam and fled from her family. Chit-chat mixed with religion, longing for freedom, and dealing with a husband who next to you marries the maid. Nahla surprises Rami with fake nails and a wig, only suggesting what else on and around her body is fake as well.
The charms and difficulties of everyday life in the Syrian culture and customs are woven into these relatable stories, that can appeal to both male and female readers.
About the author
Anna Halabi was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. She emigrated to Europe in 1999 for her university studies. She currently lives with her family in Germany. Syrian Brides is her debut as an author. The stories and characters in this collection were inspired by her personal experiences as well as her relatives, friends and TV shows.
I received a free review copy from Fatin Zaklouta in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.