Some of Her Parts is the story of a woman who finds her voice. Layla is an Egyptian woman educated in England struggling to reconcile the worlds in which she lives – the traditional Muslim world of her family and the Western world of her daily life, daughter and friends.
Ironically, while she worked as a lawyer in New York, advocating for others, at home with her husband and daughter Yasmine, she remained shackled by the self-annihilating demands of her family and culture. After her husband left her, she began to assert herself by cutting off communication with her disapproving family. Finally free to fully emerge, Layla reconnects with an old friend Jack, and through a series of emails shares her rich and conflicted world.
Intensely personal, she shares with Jack her reflections – on Egypt, identity, love, sex, marriage, religion, culture, race, and what it means to be a woman in a woman’s body in the East, and in the West. Layla falls in love with Jack because she trusts him, ultimately because he’s unlike all the other men she’s had in her life – he’s Western.
But then Layla falls gravely ill, and her body stops her from being the kind of woman she depended on being. When her father shows up on her doorstep to care for her, she is confronted with the suffocating turmoil of her childhood and the decisions she has to make in order to be herself. Despite Layla’s failing body, she is determined to forge a life for Yasmine that is radically different from the life she was forced to live.
Some of Her Parts is a gift from mother to daughter. It is also a battle cry for all women – one that asks the question whether there really is a place in the world where a woman can escape the social and sexual prejudices of being a woman in a woman’s body.
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