Women Dreaming by Salma, trans. Meena Kandasimy
Longlisted for the 2022 Dublin Literary Award
“What a life! She didn’t like being here, and she didn’t like going there.”
Mehar dreams of freedom and a life with her children. Asiya dreams of her daughter’s happiness. Sajida dreams of becoming a doctor. Subaida dreams of the day when her family will become free of woes. Parveen dreams of a little independence, a little space for herself in the world. Mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, neighbours…
In this tiny Muslim village in Tamil Nadu, the lives of these women are sustained by the faith they have in themselves, in each other, and the everyday compromises they make. Salma’s storytelling – crystalline in its simplicity, patient in its unravelling – enters this interior world of women, held together by love, demarcated by religion, comforted by the courage in dreaming of better futures.
A beautiful novel by writer and activist Salma, translated from Tamil by Meena Kandasamy.