This item the locust and the bird my mothers story by hanan al shaykh paperback 1695 only 7 left in stock more on the way ships from and sold by amazoncom free shipping on orders over 2500 details. In the locust and the bird my mothers story the contemporary arab author hanan al shaykh writes the biography of kamila her mother al shaykh tells the story of her mothers childhood in 1930s lebanon her forced marriage at the age of 14 her illicit love affair with the man who later became her second husband her divorce from her first husband her second marriage her widowhood and its aftermath. The locust and the bird is a sorrowful story about love abandonment grief and the living of a life less ordinary one wonders what her mother who had always wanted her daughter to tell her mothers story and died before the book was begun would have thought of it. For many western women the life of a traditional muslim female can seem as remote and as alien as the moon ignorance breeds not so much contempt as confusion misunderstanding and above all
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