Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012 book 118

Nell Freudenberger's The Newlyweds
Freudenberger's latest was apparently inspired by a Bangladeshi woman she met on a plane, on her way to marry an American. So yes, this is about a Bangladeshi woman who comes to America to marry a man she meets on some sort of mail-order-bride/internet-dating website. The usual culture shock is compounded by various family secrets--I love stories involving both of those things, so this totally worked for me. A few times the tension was so thick I was almost too nervous to keep reading and had to put the book down for a breather. I really enjoyed this, and think it'd be great for more literary-minded book groups (or literary-minded readers in general). A/A-.
An e-galley was provided by the publisher. This book will be released May 1.

1 comment:

Christina said...

I read this at the beach. I liked it, but I just felt sad at the end. The main character was so interesting and complicated and no one in her life other than the woman her husband loved came close to being as fascinating.