An Unnecessary Woman

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An Unnecessary Woman

The Georgetown Book Club's May Selection

The narrator and heart of Rabih Alameddine's 2014 novel An Unnecessary Woman is Aaliya Sohbi, an aging translator living in her home city of Beirut whose perceived place within her family and culture gives the book its title -- yet is far from the whole story. 

Indeed, Aaliya relishes -- and has worked to maintain -- the life she has built for herself, a life that the novel explores via her musings on literature, her recollections of personal memories and moments in her city's history, and her ongoing observations of all around her.

Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss An Unnecessary Woman on Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome! 

Questions? Email julia.strusienski@dc.gov.

    Cover image of An Unnecessary Woman