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Love Marriage

"Love, desire, fractured families and long-buried secrets - this exceptional novel explores modern Britain with wit, warmth and truly wonderful storytelling."

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From the acclaimed author of Brick Lane and In the Kitchen, Monica Ali’s Love Marriage tells an un-put-down-able tale of two couples, two cultures and two families in present-day London. It’s an incisive, huge-hearted window into flawed individuals haunted by their pasts, love, desire, class and race delivered with the wit and honesty of a true storyteller.

Yasmin and her fiancée Joe are both junior doctors, on the verge of starting a new life together, though they come from very different worlds. White and wealthy Joe has grown up in his overbearing mother’s Primrose Hill pile, while Yasmin is of Indian heritage, a south Londoner who’s fulfilling her father’s dream by following his footsteps into medicine. As the wedding edges closer, their families spend more time with each other, and Yasmin’s mother strikes up an unexpected bond with Joe’s mother and one of her feminist friends. At the same time, Joe is presented with harrowing truths about his upbringing and addiction during therapy, while Yasmin starts to question what she really wants, who she really is, and what marrying for love (the “Love marriage” of the title) really means.

Though often suffused in warm humour, the novel is also starkly, movingly honest. Its pages shiver with damaged individuals; flawed and flailing lost souls at all stages of life. As the characters struggle with the lies they‘ve told themselves, and the secrets they’ve kept from others, readers are presented with remarkable moments of authentic pain and joy, not least when truths are finally faced. 

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