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An Unnecessary Woman
An Unnecessary Woman

“Studded with quotations and succinct observations, this remarkable novel by Alameddine is a paean to fiction, poetry, and female friendship. Dip into it, make a reading list from it,
or simply bask in its sharp,
smart prose.”

—Michele Leber, Booklist (starred review)

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