The Newlyweds [ THE NEWLYWEDS BY Freudenberger, Nell ( Author ) May-01-2012[ THE NEWLYWEDS [ THE NEWLYWEDS BY FREUDENBERGER, NELL ( AUTHOR ) MAY-01-2012 ] By Freudenberger, Nell ( Author )May-01-2012 Compact Disc
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It takes a brave writer to take on the persona of someone from another culture, ethnicity and religion and claim authenticity for their voice. I think Nell Freudenberger has pulled it off. No doubt there will be commentators with closer knowledge of Bangladesh who might pick holes in some of the details but her portrayal of Amina is convincing. This is a real flesh and blood character with heart and soul and the background is well-researched and avoids stereotypes.
I was surprised to see (at the time of writing) only one other five star review. For me this is first class writing and full of warmth and compassion for human frailty. Her tone reminds me a little of Anne Tyler, and the caught between two cultures - and two alternate futures - aspect of it was a little reminiscent of Colm Tobin's wonderful Brooklyn where Eilis faces a similar dilemma.Read more ›
As Amina tries hard to settle down in a strange country, she finds it tiring juggling work with her studies and with keeping house, but she also finds it difficult being fully intimate with a man who, although seemingly kind, has certain expectations of her and of their life together. And then Amina wants to bring her parents to the USA, but George seems rather less than enthusiastic about this plan now she is actually in America, which causes a lot of worry and heartache for her. Amina finds solace in her growing friendship with Kim, George's adopted cousin, a yoga instructor, who has lived in India and was married to an Indian man. However, when Amina discovers that Kim has been hiding a secret from her, a secret that deeply affects Amina, she feels shocked and betrayed - but what is more shocking is that George has also been hiding something from her which makes her seriously question their future together.Read more ›
I agree with every aspect of Tamara L's wonderful review and could not put it better. The first two-thirds of the book, set in Rochester, definitely had echoes of Anne Tyler. This, to me, is a Very Fine Thing. The last part of the book is set in Bangladesh and the culture clash between the two locations provides a truly fascinating counterpoint.
Nell Freudenberger has written a fully three-dimensional and immensely likable character in the petite shape of Amina. Indeed, I would say that all the people in this warm, engaging book are recognisably `real', even those with small 'walk-on' parts. I did have one small fear that Amina's childhood friend Nasir was going to develop into some sort of violent extremist; I can't tell you how relieved I was that the author resisted the temptation to introduce conflict of that sort. Not only that, but she turned the character around to be one of the most sympathetic in the book. This was deft writing and I must own up to my eyes welling up at one point and a real lump in my throat.
I give The Newlyweds 4.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointing towards the end.
An easy read, but is expected the story to take a different turn. Was predictable towards the end and felt very rushed. Read more
A bit drawn out but interesting story. Some of it not very believable. Might be a good my book group read.Published on 27 Jan. 2014 by Lillian
An enjoyable read from the start. Nell Freudenberger has pulled off a difficult feat in giving authentic feelings and reactions to her characters, getting beneath the skin of a... Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2013 by Eileen Shaw
I found it hard to put this book down, as I was so drawn into the lives of the characters.Published on 18 Oct. 2013 by Jim bob
I was interested in this book after reading the blurb. I do love general fiction so gave it a try. I feel like I could see most of the plot line coming before I even got to some of... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by Claire
As well as a good plot, I like the cultural references woven in and the characters are portrayed in a good manner.Published on 2 Sept. 2013 by Mrs Vanessa Parkinson
I enjoyed the story and was interested to find out what would happen to the characters. The first part of the book was particularly interesting and I enjoyed the contrast between... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2013 by C McEvoy
I thoroughly enjoyed The Newlyweds. The characters were well written and believable, flaws and all. I wondered where the story was going and didn't second guess the resolution. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2013 by Pixilicious
Nell Freudenberger has clearly done her research but she really doesn't need to put every single fact into the book (do I really need to know the number and cost of US immigration... Read morePublished on 1 July 2013 by SusanP