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Celebrating Womanhood 2013

Celebrating-Womanhood

I have thought long and hard about what  to post about for my Celebrating Woman Post for 2013 and I decided to write a review, yes seriously a review! The book is Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K. Tyler, one of the women I consider not only a friend but someone I highly admire and respect. For one, she is courageous; always willing to take chances in life no matter how hard it can be at times. I know a hint of her past, and I know her enough to know she does this with her head held high, a smile on her face and her most powerful melee weapon she has, her pen.  

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A review about a book with Muslim Superhero

I choose to review not her latest book, White Chalk (which btw is amazing and another trangressive homerun0, but Shadow on the Wall. With it’s strong undertones and not so subtle societal remarks on a culture who does not think of women with any sense of true power, I thought this was perfect! I hope you do too!

Review

This is a fantastic and powerful read that grabs you right from the beginning! I did not read this right away because I thought… Muslim Superhero? Ummm riiiiiiiight, and then I said to myself, oh gods a book that speaks against the violence of muslin women… OK I am against it but do I want to read a book about it in the guise of a superhero novel? So I put it off, BIG MISTAKE! I read the author’s other pieces and realized I may have jusged to quickly so Christmas Eve I gave myself an early present, picked it up and read, read and read and I was unable to stop reading till I was done. And at the end of the book, with my mouth open, I kicked myself for not giving the book when I first received it!

This is not just a superhero story, this is not just about the plight of the Muslim women, this is not just about … well it is about a lot of things! Ms. Tyler has not pulled any punches – misogamy, religion, greed, corruption, abuse, and right off the bat – rape. As a rape survivor so many times when I read a rape scene it is handled without care, full of gratuitous violence, and most of the time times sloppy. This did not even trigger me except for moving right to feeling righteous and wanting to get up and fight!

Where is the superhero you say? Recai Osman, son of a billionaire in Elih, Turkey. After attempting to help someone, he finds himself beaten and left for dead in the desert with the city no where in sight. Taken in and cared for by an elderly Jewish man with the help of his daughter. After recovering, resting and some true enlightenment (you have to have a superhero mentor)Recai is back in the city, though still recovering when he has a run in with a corrupt organization which changes everything and dark local hero was born… THE SANDSTORM! I giggled a bit but it was so well done I just could not help myself but ohh and ahh a lot. The action did not stop here.

Villians? Other than the organization RTK and those involved, there is Dayar. We love to hate her and we love her just a little… and have a tiny bit of empathy because of being a woman in Turkey. She believes she can lead in a world of men in a culture that is not ready for it. I was enamored with her and I applaud Tyler for presenting such a bleak world faced with such heroics by Dayar and the rest of the characters. Dayar is someone to watch, at the end of the book what she is left with, what she coveted has been stripped away. Where will be find her and Racai next?

I loved the book, I only have a few issues. ONE, it was TO DANG SHORT! TWO as I write my review (which I swear I had written back in December) I realize I am still waiting for more, book two needs to be written soon. To say this talented transgressive author has shown herself to be versatile is an understatement (see the rest of her offerings). What I love most about this author and her stories is she does not hold back, she has no problems writing “bungie jumping” tales… she takes risks and each time she does, they blaze a trail, as this one does, with talented and the brightest of lights.

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pavarti

Pavarti K Tyler

She is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She lives in the Washington DC area with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. Upon graduating from  Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms.   When not busy working as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity she spends her time penning her next novel.

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Shadow on the Wall

Shadow on the Wall

Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?

Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah’s call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?

Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.

In the tradition of books by Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, Shadow on the Wall tackles issues of religion, gender, corruption and the basic human condition. Beautiful and challenging, this is not a book to miss.

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button2CW3002013Yes, we’re taking over the internet again to spread positive messages about women. Last year, a few of us got fed up with all the negativity aimed at women and decided that for one day, we wanted to flood the blogosphere with something positive. We had so much fun and such a great response that we decided to do it again this year.

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For one day, we want to drown out negativity and celebrate the beauty and pride of women.

These days it seems that some people want us to be ashamed of being women. They want us to believe that we’re less: less intelligent, less important, less human. There is so much negativity out there. For one day, we want to flood the internet with positive messages about women.

Anyone can join us, men or women. Just remember that your message must be positive and respectful. This isn’t about bashing men; it’s about celebrating women. We can do one without the other.

You can write about women in general, a particular woman who has influenced you, or something about yourself. (But remember, it must be positive. It’s so hard to write something positive about ourselves. Actually, that may be next year’s assignment. 😉 )

If you need some ideas to get you started, check out last year’s posts.

Join our Facebook page, and help us spread the word. We’ll have a linky up on the 16th for you to share your posts.

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5 Comments

  1. Not sure it’s my kind of book (oh, what am I saying – there’s a superhero!) but I love how Pav is never afraid to say whatever she wants. I’m going to be like that when I grow up. 😉

  2. Sounds intriguing.

  3. Keep up the fantastic work , I read few content on this web site and I think that your site is really interesting and contains circles of fantastic information.

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