A Needle and a Thimble رواية إبْرة وكُشْتُبان

It’s stunning, violent, & too close to the reality of our times. It is one that invites reflection & an open mind. A mighty success.


My latest novel, a fictional story in an alternative universe where society evolves to divide people per height rather than sex. In this society, people are either talls and shorts. Identities form per the person’s height, and social roles are divided and distributed accordingly. Middle-height people are rejected. They are hidden to serve this idealistic view of two types of people. The story follows a love story between the short dressmaker and middle-height Tallsy.

تدور أحداث الرواية في مجتمع خيالي يكون فيه التقسيم النوعي الأساسي للبشر حسب طول قامتهم. في هذا العالم تتشكل هوية الفرد وتتوزع الصفات والأدوار الاجتماعية حسب طول القامة. تدور أحداث الرواية حول قصة حب تجمع بين الخياطة قصيرة القامة وطولان متوسّط الطول المنبوذ اجتماعيّاً.

غلاف إبرة وكشتبان – Arabic book cover of A Needle and a Thimble
الأكثر مبيعاً في مكتبة فيرجن في عمان – فبراير 2021 – A top best seller at Virgin Megastore in Amman – Feb 2021

The novel is thought provoking as it introduces gender related issues in a clever innovative and visionary setting. 

Daughters of Ever Club


This novel’s originality is that it creates a new language and redistributes social roles based on height rather than gender, giving the protagonist, Tallsy, advantages in an imagined world. This exciting and daring novel that succeeds in a big way in terms of showing readers the absurdity of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, etc. takes us on a journey of love, revolution, and self-discovery as a dressmaker creates a new world and tells us her story.

When a talented dress-maker opens her doors to Tallsy on a rainy night, she is swept into a magical world of love, revolution, and self-discovery. Tallsy, a middle-height individual ostracized by society, seeks her help in designing a gown for a family wedding. As they work on the dress, a romantic relationship blooms between the two, and the dressmaker becomes increasingly invested in Tallsy’s well-being.

Meanwhile, the dressmaker’s assistant, Rocky, holds traditional views about relationships and social roles and warns the dress-maker against getting involved with Tallsy. But the dress-maker is drawn to Tallsy, despite their different heights, and is determined to help him and others who do not conform to societal boundaries.

Enter Palmo, a young and talkative individual passionate about social equality, and Turret, Tallsy’s childhood friend, both of whom bring their own challenges and secrets to the mix. As the group navigates the complexities of relationships and social hierarchies, tensions escalate and a revolution breaks out on the streets, demanding justice for all.

As the dressmaker becomes more aware of the injustices inflicted on those who don’t conform to societal norms, she begins to imagine a world that is more just to her lover, Tallsy. She creates a new language and redistributes social roles based on gender rather than height, giving Tallsy advantages in her imagined world. This exciting and imaginative novel takes us on a journey of love, revolution, and self-discovery as the dress-maker creates a new world and tells us her story using this new language.

Ebra wa Kushtuban is the first audio book to be released by pioneering regional podcasts content production company Sowt. It was released under Safahat Sowt platform. Narrated by Jordanian talented actress Lana Nasser.


An excerpt from the novel, in English, published at Arablit blog:

An Excerpt of Fadi Zaghmout’s Speculative Novel ‘A Needle and a Thimble’


A review by Daughters of Eve Book Club:

A review by Bookfabulous:

For translation rights, please contact me directly: fadizaghmout@yahoo.com

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