An Unnecessary Woman Literature References Reading List

Rabih Alameddine's An Unnecessary Woman tells the story of introverted literature translator, Aaliya.  It is a moving novel I enjoyed immensely (read my review).  It is an especially wonderful book for literature lovers because it is brimming with references to and quotes from many wonderful works of fiction, poetry, and some non fiction.  I mentioned... Continue Reading →


TBR Chronicles #02

The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine has been on my TBR for a while but I had forgotten about it.  It wasn't until the NBCC Fiction Finalists were announced and Alameddine's novel An Unnecessary Woman drew my attention that I remembered he had written another book that I'd intended on reading.  I was quite taken by... Continue Reading →

Review: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine is in the running for the 2014 NBCC prize which is the first good look I took at this book, An Unnecessary Woman.  I was completely drawn in by the blurb on GoodReads: Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, divorced, and childless, Aaliya is... Continue Reading →


2014 NBCC Fiction Finalists

The NBCC finalists for the 2014 publishing year were announced in January and the winner will be announced on 12 March.  The list of finalists is an interesting one with all 5 novels looking very enticing.   For your perusal, here are the 5 fiction finalists for 2014: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine Aaliya Sohbi... Continue Reading →


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