What makes a marriage-love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Shobhan Bantwal's compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-American woman navigates the gulf between desire and traditionâ¦
To Soorya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Soorya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkableâ¦
Soorya's first bridal viewings are as awkward as she anticipated. But then she's introduced to Roger Vadepalli. Self-possessed, intelligent, and charming, Roger is clearly interested in marriage and seems eager to clinch the deal. Attracted to him in spite of her mistrust, Soorya is also drawn into a flirtation with Lou, a widowed colleague who is far from her family's idea of an acceptable husband.
In choosing between two very different men, Soorya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background. And she must decide what matters most to her-not just in a husband, but in a family, a culture, and a lifeâ¦
"One of the best [novels] I've read this year. I couldn't put it downâ¦this book is a gem!â --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author on The Unexpected Son
"Compelling and memorable.â -Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author on The Forbidden Daughter
"Vivid, rich...expertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty, hope and despair.â -Anjali Banerjee on The Dowry Bride
"Dazzles you with a taste of Desi culture in America.â -Caridad Pineiro