- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 02 August 2012
- Modern & Contemporary
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Wonderfully imagined and realized story of a young Bangladeshi woman who meets an American man online and marries him. The novels peels back so many interesting layers of misunderstandings, cultural differences, varying intentions, but as we read on and our perspectives on the characters keep changing, they're always deeper and more human. A marvelous read.
Loved this book. The courtship and relationship between an American man and a Bangladeshi woman is explored through a cross-cultural lens. The book is divided into 4 major parts. In the first part, the reader gets to know Munni as a woman in an online relationship. The second and third part was most engrossing as it details the trials of Munni attempting to adjust to life in Rochester. The last part of the book where Munni goes to Bangladesh to bring her parents back dragged on and it contained too many subplots.All in all, I was surprised to read that the author managed to convey the immigrant acculturation experience with such depth. Will recommend it to my book club.
This is such an intelligent and beautifully written book. Nell Freudenberger has an incredibly smooth and controlled prose style and such empathy for all her finely drawn characters. One of the best studies of cultural misunderstandings I have read.
I was amazed at how real this novel seemed and I totally agree with Ann Patchett's description----that she could hardly wait to get back to reading it! It's as if Nell stepped right into the shoes of Amina and she was writing her very own memoir. The descriptions were developed that you couldn't help but see them in your mind---a really lovely book---a story that makes you take a small gasp at the end for the future ahead for all of the characters---could it have been a different ending? Not sure how....
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