"Sometimes i wish my father had had the stomach to sharpen one of his knives and do the honorable things. It might have been better for me" Ch 1 pg. 6-7
Mariam and Rasheed get married
"The size of him almost made her gasp, and she had to drop her gaze, her heart hammering away." Ch. 8 pg 52
Rasheed makes Mariam eat rocks
"CHEW!" Ch.15 pg 104
Mariam has to put up with everything that Nana says about her being the child she wishes she never had and things that make Nana not a good parent
Mariam is almost forced into a marriage with a man she never met before and when she sees him for the first time she realizes he is not the best looking. Later in her relationship she realizes that he is abusive and takes out his anger on her
Rasheed gets mad that Mariam has had many miscarriages and has gotten so annoyed as the forcefully feed her rocks and make her chew on them.