This historical family saga tells of the life and loves of three generations of Palestinian Christian women from the same clan. Miriam is the apple of her father’s eye but this does not make her exempt from upholding family tradition. Miriam’s daughter Nadia although given more freedom than her mother is reigned in by the family when she dares to set outside it’s boundaries and Nadia’s daughter Nijmeh is an indulged only child, who is groomed to be the heir to her father’s tremendous estate from an early age. Each generation seems to have that little bit more freedom than the previous but all three are tethered to the central duty expected from them from culture and family.
Three daughters is a tremendous read, it is a long novel, which sets the scene of the political climate of each generation and richly tells the story of a family through the ages, starting just before the turn of the nineteenth century with Miriam and ending in the 1950s with Nijmeh. Along the way we experience the love and tragedies the women endure as well as stark realisation as each of them discover who they are.
A very well told historical fiction, which I found very stimulating. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.