Written by Zahro Hassan
Published by The Telling Room
Forced is a short novel that follows a Muslim girl named Abra who is facing the likelihood of an arranged marriage. Before Abra’s mother takes her last breath, she makes her daughter promise to obey her father. Abra knows that this means that whatever her father tells her to do, she must do, including marrying a man she doesn’t know. Her father makes her life a living hell as she tries to raise her little brother, go to school, and hold down a job. Abra struggles to find a solution in how to reconcile the promise she made to her mother, obedience to the father she dearly loves and respects, and her own personal beliefs.
Publication Date: August 2014
Available As: Paperback
Young Adult, Age 12 or older
Community Represented: Muslim/Muslim American
Themes: Coming of Age, Discrimination: Cultural, Discrimination: Gender and Sexual, Discrimination: Religious, Family Relationship: Parents, Family Relationship: Siblings, Family Separation: Living with Other Family or Friends, Generational Differences, Generational Differences: Dating, Generational Differences: Gender Roles, Loss of Childhood, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Religious Background: Muslim, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend, Trauma & Healing: Physical Assault
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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