THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN by ZAYNAB ALKALI- March 2015

‘The Virtuous Woman was published in 1987. The title is taken from Proverb 31:10 and refers to Nan Ai, who is modest, vulnerable, and extremely conscious of her withered leg, a result of polio at the age of six. The novel chronicles Nana Ai’s psychological journey of self-discovery during which she has experiences that test her strength of character.’