You could say I was thinking of other things when I shampooed my hair blue, and two glasses of red wine didn't help my concentration. Let me explain. At the end of the year, before I begin a new project, I read the translation I've completed. I do final corrections (mir), set the pages in order, and place them in the box. This is part of the ritual, which includes imbibing two glasses of red wine. Aaliya lives alone with her books-books she has collected over a lifetime, books she translates into Arabic with likelihood that they will ever be read. With her accidentally blue-dyed hair, her cantankerous dealings with her neighbours and her difficult relationship with her family, Aaliya is a character you will never forget. An Unnecessary Woman is a sublime vel, a love letter to literature and its power to define who we are.
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Winner of Prix Femina Etranger 2016. Shortlisted for PEN Open Book Award 2015 and National Book Critics Circle Awards 2014 and National Book Awards: Fiction 2014. Long-listed for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2016 and US National Book Award for Fiction 2014.