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An Unproductive Woman An Unproductive Woman Tells The Story Of Family, Faith, And Marriage, And Above All Else, HopeAdam Is Desperate For A Son, But After Ten Years Of Marriage He And His Wife Asabe Remain Childless Despite The Obvious Heartbreak This Causes Asabe, Adam Marries A Second Wife, The Very Young And Beautiful Fatima Double Tragedy Prevents The Realization Of Adam S Hope And Asabe Stands Firm With Her Husband To Gather The Broken Pieces Of Their Life But, Adam Isn T Prepared To Count His Loses He Compounds Their Difficulties By Marrying The Cunning And Deceptive Divorcee, Sauda This Choice Yields Anguish And Confusion, And Adam Loses Than Hope, But A Piece Of His SpiritNeglected And Living In The Shadow Of Adam S Desires, Asabe Yet Again Proves Her Worth As The True Bedrock In His Life Asabe Becomes The Catalyst That Brings Adam S Life Full CircleRead An Unproductive Woman To Learn What Secrets Adam Has Withheld That Would Explain His Unreasonable Longing And Pursuit Of A Son At All Costs


10 thoughts on “An Unproductive Woman

  1. says:

    This was just my kind of book I have a love of books relating to other cultures like A Thousand Splendid Suns , Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Although these books are possibly still in a different league to this and I gave them a 5 rating being my favourite books, I still gave this a 5 rating because I loved it.The story is about the marriage of Asabe and Adam and his hidden secret They have been married for 10 years but have not been able to have children Although Adam loves Asabe and This was just my kind of book I have a love of books relating to other cultures like A Thousand Splendid Suns , Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Although these books are possibly still in a different league to this and I gave them a 5 rating being my favourite books, I still gave this a 5 rating because I loved it.The story is about the marriage of Asabe and Adam and his hidden secret They have been married for 10 years but have not been able to have children Although Adam loves Asabe and said he would never take another wife, he really wants a son and heir He therefore takes a second wife Fatima, who is just a mere child Fatima and Asabe actually become good friends and develop a good relationship Fatima does eventually give birth to twins, but both her and her son die and Asabe willingly brings up the daughter as her own Still wanting a son and heir, Adam takes another wife, who he doesn t really love but comes to an arrangement with her father Asabe and this wife definately do not get on, despite being friends in their childhood I won t tell , for fear of leaving spoilers.I really liked Asabe, and although I found Adam somewhat weak I did feel for him Asabe to me, was written as a strong character and I really admired her Despite not liking the character Sauda, the third wife, I had such an amusing picture of her in my head For those who watch the soap Eastenders in the UK, I pictured her as Kim Fox, brassy and over the top with lots of cleavage and heavily made up That may not be how the author portrayed her but that is the image I got of her I love a book when you can form a real picture of the characters in your head I enjoyed reading about the culture of the polygamous wedding which is alien to a westerner.All in all the book was descriptive, fun, full of content and well written This book was provided to me free of charge by the author, but this did in no way affect my opinion when reviewing the book.For an interview with the author and a free e book international giveaway please see my blog


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    Where I got the book free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.Going to Smashwords, where I originally got the book, I see it s been unpublished I hope this means that the author has pulled it for editing and re issuing Because it needs both Can I hope that she s been signed by someone Because this writer is definitely a diamond in the rough Anyway, this review comes with the warning that it may not pertain to the version you, Dear Reader, eventually read, but to an earlie Where I got the book free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.Going to Smashwords, where I originally got the book, I see it s been unpublished I hope this means that the author has pulled it for editing and re issuing Because it needs both Can I hope that she s been signed by someone Because this writer is definitely a diamond in the rough Anyway, this review comes with the warning that it may not pertain to the version you, Dear Reader, eventually read, but to an earlier incarnation.First, the whole issue of good writing vs technically correct writing There were many technical flaws in this novel, from structural snafus to unstable POV to incorrect word usage, but that s very common in a first time writer who hasn t used an editor If you hang around writing groups you ll see flawed writing that s just plain ol bad writing and is pretty much unsalvageable, and flawed writing that s still good writing An Unproductive Woman is in the latter category, which means that my rating knocks off a star for not using an editor or subjecting the writing to a rigorous but encouraging writer group but is high to indicate my overall enjoyment of the story and the author s overall abilities with the written word.The story is gripping, if a little over the top and soap operaish in places It s set in Senegal one of my peeves is that it took most of the book to work this out, and I would have likedscene setting at the outset and somedescription of locales and environments This is not only an African setting but a Muslim African setting, and Western readers may receive many small culture shocks and a less than flattering view of themselves I loved that one of the beauties of literature is this ability to challenge our ideas and worldview while emphasizing our common humanity.I won t over discuss the plot, as it may have changed a little when the new edition comes out Adam and Asabe have been married for several years but remain childless Even though Adam always promised Asabe that he would never take a second wife, he is now aging and desperate for a son view spoiler to replace, in a sense, his unacknowledged son by a white American convert he was unable to face the shame of bringing home a Western wife told you there were culture shocks hide spoiler His desperation leads him to seek out a 14 year old girl as his bride, and he is eventually forced by circumstances to accept a third,difficult wife And lots and lots of things happen in the birth, death and marriage departmentsbut the story is ultimately one of redemption through love, the focus of which is the long suffering Asabe, who turns out to be far from unproductive in many senses of the word It s a family story, and the emotions will resonate with readers who are able to stuff their own cultural prejudices under a blanket and learn something about the world outside their own experience.Talking about learning something, I would have loved a glossary of the Arabic terms used and their religious overtones And I was curious about which language the characters were speaking would it have been French or an ethnic language I see from the author s bio that she s American born, so perhaps that explains why the only non English terms used were generic Muslim terms a bit like the way the Catholic church used to use Latin , but this speaks again to the need to ground the storyfirmly in its setting.I would love to see this author write about the experience of growing up Muslim in America, by the way, without sugar coating or over evangelizing if I can use that term in a Muslim context the message I did detect a teeny bit of the our way is better rhetoric common to writers with strong religious views this always runs the danger of alienating people of different faiths Christian authors take note , and imho the best approach is simply to paint the picture without applying labels to it Intelligent readers will have their ideas sufficiently challenged by a clear, unadorned description of a life they don t know


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    This story begins with Asabe s heart crushing confrontation with her husband Adam wants a son, and he has grown frustrated and disappointed with her barren womb He s taking a second wife.Asabe doesn t leave Adam, but neither does she sit around and quietly accept his decision It was interesting to view the dynamics of their relationship, and how the arrival of the second wife, Fatima, both altered and tested it.To be honest, I wasn t sure how Asabe would hold up, but her strength, intelligenc This story begins with Asabe s heart crushing confrontation with her husband Adam wants a son, and he has grown frustrated and disappointed with her barren womb He s taking a second wife.Asabe doesn t leave Adam, but neither does she sit around and quietly accept his decision It was interesting to view the dynamics of their relationship, and how the arrival of the second wife, Fatima, both altered and tested it.To be honest, I wasn t sure how Asabe would hold up, but her strength, intelligence and character really aided her in navigating these tough waters view spoiler I didn t expect her and Fatima to become friends and even sisters to one another, but this just shows Asabe s maturity and well grounded nature hide spoiler.Asabe is definitely my favorite character, and I couldn t help but admire her throughout the story view spoiler especially when she quit Adam s house after the infamous slap hide spoiler.Adam, in his quest for a son and the misfortunes involved with it reminded me of Henry VIII Asabe is right God doesn t like ugly The secondary characters are well rounded and I loved the change that occurred in Attiyah, Adam s sister , and I know I keep raving about the prose, but I LOVE it My only complaint would be that I didn t get a complete sense of setting where are they Is this now, or ten years ago etc but other than that, this was a fantastic read If you like character driven stories, if you like drama, and especially if you like female protagonists main characters who are NOT doormats and NOT idiots, then you will love Asabe and An Unproductive Woman


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    Asabe was married to the man she loved, Adam She never wanted to be married to any other man The only thing missing from their happy lives were children Try as she might Asabe wasn t able to conceive She didn t know at the time that Adam had a son by a Western woman All she knew was Adam craved a son Adam married twice and though he tried, he was given daughters Asabe goes above and beyond as his first wife She cooks, cleans, launders his clothing and keeps things running smoothly His s Asabe was married to the man she loved, Adam She never wanted to be married to any other man The only thing missing from their happy lives were children Try as she might Asabe wasn t able to conceive She didn t know at the time that Adam had a son by a Western woman All she knew was Adam craved a son Adam married twice and though he tried, he was given daughters Asabe goes above and beyond as his first wife She cooks, cleans, launders his clothing and keeps things running smoothly His second wife was just a child when she first came to him and although it was tough, Asabe and Fatima became sisters Adam s third wife was a selfish, arrogant, spoiled woman Asabe and she had known each other as children Now it would take every ounce of patience and faith Asabe had to deal with her When it seems as though tragedy and heartbreak are all Adam s household will know, a miracle happens.Heartwarming, enriching and full of wonderful life lessons, this book should be on your list The messages contained in this story are ones everyone can learn something from Love, marriage, children and doing what s right are all included in this story One woman endures so much to make her husband happy and to keep her life as peaceful as possible I recommend this book to everyone You will be amazed at all she goes through in her lifetime.I didn t find anything wrong with this one.I gave this one 5 out of 5 books because it was amazing


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    An interesting story It was entertaining, but not realistic The entire focus of the book is on pregnancy, childbirth, nursing children that you didn t give birth to, emotions and relations between rival women and the one man that they all seem to think is worth fighting over, and hoping that people you have abandoned will someday come back into your life A lot of fairy tale wishing going on, though it is entertaining for sure I m not much into fiction though, so for someone who enjoys fictio An interesting story It was entertaining, but not realistic The entire focus of the book is on pregnancy, childbirth, nursing children that you didn t give birth to, emotions and relations between rival women and the one man that they all seem to think is worth fighting over, and hoping that people you have abandoned will someday come back into your life A lot of fairy tale wishing going on, though it is entertaining for sure I m not much into fiction though, so for someone who enjoys fictional stories, it might be a good choice


  6. says:

    Excellent book


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    Very Good StoryI love this drama novel It keep my eyes glued to every page The author was very described to the point that I became part of the novel In one part of the story line for it felt unreal, but true All in all it was interesting, full of suspense, and I must say it is just a tear jerker.


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    An Unproductive Woman is billed as women s fiction, and it is centering as it does around domestic life and emotions , but it might be even better categorized as a work of inspirational fiction The theme of forgiveness pervades the novel The template is similar to that of much Christian fiction, except, of course, that the characters are Muslim in a polygamist, highly patriarchal culture The object is reconciliation and the spiritual growth of the characters, and we see an eventual imp An Unproductive Woman is billed as women s fiction, and it is centering as it does around domestic life and emotions , but it might be even better categorized as a work of inspirational fiction The theme of forgiveness pervades the novel The template is similar to that of much Christian fiction, except, of course, that the characters are Muslim in a polygamist, highly patriarchal culture The object is reconciliation and the spiritual growth of the characters, and we see an eventual improvement in them You have your stock almost too devout to be true character in Asabe She does reach a breaking point, however, when she strikes her husband s junior wife, that shows her imperfection, but she is given plenty of excuse for that You also have your clear antagonist in need of spiritual transformation Sauda , and yournuanced protagonist who is meant to be sympathetic but also clearly in need of spiritual transformation Adam I say the reader is meant to sympathize with Adam while loathing parts of him , but I had some trouble doing just that For much of the book, the regret that haunts him is expressed in anger and unkindness and desperation rather than in repentance Asabe loves her husband Adam, but it is unclear why He s angry and self centered and sometimes unkind to her, but she tells us she loves him If it were just a matter of time and familiarity and family affection and duty, that would be understandable, but I never felt like I got a clear sense of why she was attracted to him as a man, and she claims to love him in that sort of romantic way I think Asabe is in some sense supposed to be the ideal model of a Muslim woman submissive without being a complete doormat she leaves Adam once and stands up for the weak , forgiving, faithful, devout, and assured that whatever her current troubles or mistreatment, Allah is still to be trusted I had no sense of what country this book was taking place in for quite some time Perhaps the author mentions the country toward the beginning, but if she did, I missed it The country s name does come up a few times closer toward the end, but I would have likedscene setting in the beginning As with many Old Testament stories, An Unproductive Woman gives one a concept of why polygamy is such a bad idea through the depiction of its inevitable perils, jealousies, and pain The author lets us into the characters heads, but I never felt like I could fully relate to any of them There are many characters, and some are better developed than others We are given a backstory for everyone, even if he or she is introduced relatively late into the novel The writing is generally good, though the author sometimes states the obvious instead of letting the reader grasp it from context I found it fairly easy to read the book, though there were moments when the pace slowed I think this book might be just the book for a Muslim reader seeking inspirational fiction, but perhaps a bit less so for the secular westerner wanting to read a work of literary fiction about another culture though it may satisfy some of that audience too Think less Khaled Hosseini and Juhmpa Lahiri andI can t think of a representative Christian fiction author, but that s the comparison I d go for This is not to say An Unproductive Woman is overly didactic it s not, though the religious messages are clear enough It s just to say that there is a clear spiritual message and object in the novel that isin keeping with inspirational than literary fiction Note I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review


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    This book is full of heartbreak and sadness It is also full of family and love and understanding and faith I know that this one is outside the genres that I normally post about here on Books Devoured but when I got an email from the author, I read an excerpt of the book online There was no way I could stop after that and not know what happened next I am so glad I made that decision If there was ever a woman to look up to and aspire to be like it is Asabe She is Adams first wife and his ste This book is full of heartbreak and sadness It is also full of family and love and understanding and faith I know that this one is outside the genres that I normally post about here on Books Devoured but when I got an email from the author, I read an excerpt of the book online There was no way I could stop after that and not know what happened next I am so glad I made that decision If there was ever a woman to look up to and aspire to be like it is Asabe She is Adams first wife and his steadfast partner in life She loves her husband but she can not give him the one thing he wants the most, a son I love that Asabe is written so well that even though I look up to her she is not perfect She has some hard times in the story and she often reacts out of hurt pride just like any one else would What makes her so amazing though is what she does next She is not afraid to admit when she is wrong but she is also not a doormat to be walked on and mistreated I loved Asabe.Where Asabe s actions are motivated by faith, her husband Adam s actions are motivated by grief and regret There were times in the story that I wanted to dislike Adam but I just could not He suffers so much and does what he feels he must to take care of his family Fatima breaks my heart from the first moment we learn about her I cut the synopsis short this time because I think it give too much away, especially about Fatima I urge you to read the first chapter that I linked to instead of the synopsis.The only thing that kept me from giving this story a 5 was the end It felt so rushed and I felt a bit cheated out of the emotions because of it Everything else in the story was told so honestly and openly and I felt that the end was glossed over and it broke my heart Still though, I did get closure I just wish I had gottendetails I could write pages about this story but you know how I hate to give anything away that you could discover while reading What I will say is that I think this story is a great example of how families are similar no matter their religion Even though Adam does marrythan one woman it does not change what is important Love, faith, communication This family is put through some serious heartbreak and they do what any family wants to do, they get through it together I really enjoyed my time with this family and I hope that many readers discover them.BOTTOM LINE An unexpected gem of a story, I loved it


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    Khaalidah Muhammad Ali did an incredible job with this novel The characters drive the plot forward and are definitely the main focus in this novel I formed strong opinions of the characters very early on Adam is a complete jerk, but makes the story interesting Asabe is such a sweet, caring and beautiful woman who just wants to give her husband Adam everything he wants, but when that isn t enough she even helps him with his other wives Asabe tries everything to keep her husbands attention, b Khaalidah Muhammad Ali did an incredible job with this novel The characters drive the plot forward and are definitely the main focus in this novel I formed strong opinions of the characters very early on Adam is a complete jerk, but makes the story interesting Asabe is such a sweet, caring and beautiful woman who just wants to give her husband Adam everything he wants, but when that isn t enough she even helps him with his other wives Asabe tries everything to keep her husbands attention, but he always falters and acts like a child Adamhe s very frustrating all he cared about was having a son because he gave up the only son he already had Asabe had the patience of a saint to put up with Adam for sure Khaalidah wrote both of these characters as if they truly were soul mates d awwww.This novel is like looking into the still practiced religions that believe in polygamy, rely heavily on having a son, and the various marriage ceremonies practices that come with them Khaalidah really developed each character to the fullest you can really see these characters coming to life I felt bad for the characters, wanted to strangle and knock some sense into other characters, and sniffled away tears a few times Khaalidah showed the perspective of each character beautifully and flawlessly She shows you exactly what Adam, Asabe, the wives, their extended family, friends, neighbors, etc feel about everything that happens It s an incredible novel, and a must read for anyone who enjoys looking into different religions, romance, marriage, or simply what happens when you re obsesssed with having a certain gender of a child


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