Author • Speaker • Actress
It is time.
It is time to free our voice.
To speak is a revolution.
All throughout the human story, through the most intimate acts of erasure, women have been silenced. Now, women everywhere are breaking through the limits placed on us by family, society, and tradition. To find our voices. To make space for ourselves in this world. Now is the moment to reclaim what was once lost, stolen, forsaken, or abandoned. I Am Yours is about my fight to protect and free my voice from those who have sought to silence me, for the sake of creating a world where all voices are welcome and respected. Because the voice, without intimacy, will atrophy. We’re in this together. You are mine, and I am yours.
"Tender, fierce, compassionate, and wise, Reema Zaman's I Am Yours is a moving story about how one woman found her voice–and her power. I was enthralled by this beautiful book from the first page to the last.”
– Cheryl Strayed, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Wild
"(A) fabulous trajectory (of) powerful transformation."
“The lasting grace of I Am Yours resides in Zaman’s exquisite and lyrical voice, at once searing and tender, that bravely seeks to portray the timeless complexities of the female condition and speak truth to power.”
“Zaman archives a personal journey that’s intimate and attuned to a wider cultural moment. A staggering work filled with presence, I Am Yours provides a profound explanation of love, delivered as an act of witness. Powerfully vulnerable and eloquent, Zaman’s voice is a fire—full-throated, wide-open, and roaring.”
"My heart just burst into a thousand songs after reading I Am Yours by Reema Zaman. From the first word to the last, this story is phenomenal triumph of one woman's body and voice rising up and through a culture that would quiet her. Moving through experience and language without flinching, Zaman reminds us that to have a body is to bring a soul to life. A stunning debut."
– Lidia Yuknavitch, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Joan
"Zaman (writes) beautifully of the frustration and pain of being a woman in a man's world, an immigrant in a world suspicious of outsiders."
– The New York Times Book Review
"Reema Zaman’s prose is ablaze. Lyrical, precise, in places frothing with desire or rage or faith, these are hard stories, let loose at last with grace, sagacity, and dollops of clever humor. At its heart, I Am Yours is a story of hope. In this time of #metoo, #timesup, and #whyididntreport, this time of women — especially Women of Color — at last sweeping into political power, and also this time of tremendous backlash, Zaman’s powerhouse hope is just what we need."
"When I heard Reema Zaman speak at a reading soon after the 2016 election, I thought, This is the soundtrack of a modern resistance.”
"Public speaker Zaman debuts with the powerful account of how she grew from being a voiceless girl to a woman with a confident 'roar.' This lovely work of hope and resilience will resonate with women struggling to find their voice and place in the world."
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