From Nell Freudenberger, one of America's most dazzling talents, comes The Newlyweds, an utterly captivating cross-continental love story
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 doesn't 'play games', they will both hide a secret, and vital, part of their lives from each other.
A brilliantly observed, wry and yet deeply moving novel about the exhilerations - and complications - of getting, and staying, wed. Reminiscent of Anne Tyler, Curtis Sittenfeld's The American Wife and Jennifer Egan, The Newlyweds is a tour de force - a novel as rich with misunderstandings as it is with unlikely connections.
'Every minute I was away from this book I was longing to be back in the world she created', Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder
'A marvellous book', Kiran Desai, winner of the MAN Booker Prize for The Inheritance of Loss
Nell Freudenberger is the author of the novel The Dissident, (longlisted for the Orange Prize) and the story collection Lucky Girls, winner of the PEN/Malamud Award and shortlisted for the Orange New Writers' Prize and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. She was named a New Yorker '20 Under 40' writer and one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.