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The Newlyweds


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ISBN13: 9780307268846
ISBN10: 0307268845
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BeavertonReader, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by BeavertonReader)
Marvelous plot. Love the characters.
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h, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by h)
This novel by a young author addresses the difficulties of immigrant experience in the US, telling the story of a woman from Bangladesh who moves to Rochester to marry an American man she barely knows. The first third takes on stereotyping in a typical idiom. However, the rest of the book is more engaging as it reveals the husband's deceptions and the Deshi wife's second thoughts about pursuing the American dream. The prose and structure are straightforward, and the ending bittersweet.
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Bookwomyn, July 20, 2012 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
What a great book!! It seems a little ordinary at the start and then things start to happen which are not at all ordinary. Some reviews say it is too predictable but I found that the novel unfolded just right. Who are we to pick apart an author's interpretation of a new immigrant trying to assimilate into our culture? It was a peek into the problems that all immigrants face and the family dynamics of welcoming someone from another culture into the group. Highly recommended.
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Freudenberger, Nell
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Freudenberger's delicately observed second novel is another account of cross-cultural confusion in the tale of a Bangladeshi woman, 24-year-old Amina Mazid, who becomes the e-mail — order bride of 34-year-old George Stillman, an electrical engineer in Rochester, N.Y. Arriving in snowy Rochester in 2005 is a culture shock for Amina, but within three years she has her green card, is married to George, and is taking college courses when not pulling espresso at Starbucks. Her marriage, though, has its problems. Sex is awkward, George loses his job, and Amina discovers something that makes her doubt his sincerity. She eventually returns to Bangladesh to bring her parents to the U.S., but a problem with her father's visa keeps Amina there and forces her back into the morass of her extended family's resentments and petty jealousies, all of which she'd hoped to escape in marriage. Add to her troubles an old suitor, Nasir, waiting not so patiently in the wings. Freudenberger (The Dissident) does an excellent job of portraying the plight of a young Muslim woman not totally comfortable in either of the worlds she inhabits. But Amina's passivity may frustrate many readers, and George is a complete cipher. In the end, Freudenberg's anatomy of a modern arranged marriage is somewhat too dependent on cultural clichés to entirely satisfy. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Freudenberger draws women's complex lives as brilliantly as Austen or Wharton or Woolf, and, with The Newlyweds, has given a performance of beauty and grace."
"Review" by , "A big, complicated portrait of marriage, culture, family, and love. Freudenberger never settles for an easy answer, and what she delivers is a story that feels absolutely true. Every minute I was away from this book I was longing to be back in the world she created."
"Review" by , "Exceptional....Here is an honest depiction of life as most people actually live it: Americans and Asians, Christians and Muslims, liberals and conservatives. Freudenberger writes with a cultural fluency that is remarkable and in a prose that is clean, intelligent, and very witty."
"Review" by , "Once in a while, you come across a novel with characters so rich and nuanced, and situations so pitch-perfect, that you forget you're reading fiction. The Newlyweds is that sort of novel. I was floored by it — captivated from beginning to end. And now that I'm done, I can't stop thinking about it."
"Review" by , "Wise, timely, ripe with humor and complexity, The Newlyweds is one of the most believable love stories of our young century."
"Review" by , "Limpid, precise prose, clear as glass, magnifies, slows, and allows us into the heart of this love story set in a globalized time. Freudenberger has rare humanity, and talent great enough to command not only a vast landscape of imbalance and misunderstanding, but also a tender sphere of tiny intimacy, hidden yearning. The Newlyweds is a marvelous book."
"Synopsis" by , From one of America's most dazzling talents ("Young writers as ambitious — and as good — as Nell Freudenberger give us reason for hope." The New York Times Book Review) comes a cross-continental love story: a brilliantly observed, warmly engaging novel about the exhilarations — and complications — of getting, and staying, wed.

Amina Mazid is twenty-four when she leaves Bangladesh for Rochester, New York, and for George Stillman, the husband who met and wooed her online. It's a twenty-first-century romance that echoes ancient traditions — the arranged marriages of her home country. And though George falls for Amina because she is "straightforward" and doesn't "play games," each is hiding something from the other. Amina struggles to find her place in America — as a Muslim woman, an aspiring teacher, a wife with her own desires. But it is only when they put an ocean between them that Amina and George will discover whether they have a future — or if their secrets will tear them apart. Traveling from American suburbs to the cities of South Asia, The Newlyweds is a tour de force — a novel as rich with misunderstandings as it is with unlikely connections.

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