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The Newlyweds Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 1, 2012
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A powerful, funny, richly observed tour de force by one of America’s most acclaimed young writers: a story of love and marriage, secrets and betrayals, that takes us from the backyards of America to the back alleys and villages of Bangladesh.
In The Newlyweds, we follow the story of Amina Mazid, who at age twenty-four moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York, for love. A hundred years ago, Amina would have been called a mail-order bride. But this is an arranged marriage for the twenty-first century: Amina is wooed by—and woos—George Stillman online.
For Amina, George offers a chance for a new life and a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn’t play games. But each of them is hiding something: someone from the past they thought they could leave behind. It is only when they put an ocean between them—and Amina returns to Bangladesh—that she and George find out if their secrets will tear them apart, or if they can build a future together.
The Newlyweds is a surprising, suspenseful story about the exhilarations—and real-life complications—of getting, and staying, married. It stretches across continents, generations, and plains of emotion. What has always set Nell Freudenberger apart is the sly, gimlet eye she turns on collisions of all kinds—sexual, cultural, familial. With The Newlyweds, she has found her perfect subject for that vision, and characters to match. She reveals Amina’s heart and mind, capturing both her new American reality and the home she cannot forget, with seamless authenticity, empathy, and grace. At once revelatory and affecting, The Newlyweds is a stunning achievement.
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Amina Benzid is from Bangladesh and her husband George Stillman is from Rochester, New York. They meet on the internet and Amina comes to the United States to marry George.
Somehow, the book was akin to looking at a still life painting; it didn't have much life to it. The characters were not fully realized nor were they characterized well.
I expected more from this book and was ultimately disappointed.
The author's descriptions and story telling had me present and living in Rochester and Bangladesh. The unwinding of the story in the end did not read as well as the other parts of the book. The ending itself was well done but left me troubled.
I recommend the book for anyone wanting a story to magically move them to another way of life and experience.
did bring about a long and lively discussion. Features cultural differences and one woman's identity issues in moving from the culture of present day Bangladesh to USA. Very slow beginning. Not for a reader looking for a page turner, If you like slow, and thoughtful reading, you might love this.