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Water touches everyone. This book tells a different story about water. It is a story about how water is an endlessly evolving enactment of gender, family and community relationships in the West Bank village of Musharafah. In 1985 Musharafah got its much longed for piped water. The initial reaction in the village was that finally, after years of stagnation, the village market would grow, children would get an education, men would find "good jobs" and life would be prosperous for all. This book is not only about changes that come about when spring water is replaced by piped water; it is also an allegory for the impress of significant historic moments on women's lives, about people's 'lives as lived'. The women in the book live in homes, which vary in size from small one room to larger, three-room white/grey brick or stone houses.

Keywords: water; West Bank village of Musharafah; women's lives

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