"Only one skill. And it's this: 'tahamul.' Endure."
"And the burqa, she learned to her surprise, was also comforting. It was like a one-way window.Inside it, she was an observer, buffered from the scrutinizing eyes of strangers."
"She remembered Nana saying once that each snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. That all the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into time pieces that fell silently on the people below"
"She would never leave her mark on Mammy's heart the way her brothers had, because Mammy's heart was like a pallid beach where Laila's footprints would forever wash away beneath the waves of sorrow that swelled and crashed"