The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds

by Nell Freudenberger
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The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307958440
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 154,365
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Nell Freudenberger is the author of the novel The Dissident and the story collection Lucky Girls, winner of the PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; both books were New York Times Book Review Notables. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1975

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., Harvard University, 1997; M.F.A., New York University, 2000

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The Newlyweds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book - I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to know how it ended. It ended, though, without a real ending. It could have been twice as long and covered a few more years of the newlyweds' lives. Maybe that is good writing - leaving us wanting more - but I would have liked to know more now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one day- Excellent book. Such an interesting story, so well written and completely different. Loved it.
Iora More than 1 year ago
As with the other reviewer, I read this in one long night & day. Well done in showcasing marital cultural differences, and the less than total fulfillment of pursuing a goal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the must read of the summer
CHNJ More than 1 year ago
You learn about another country and its culture. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so engrossing that I read it in one sitting.
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books4gail More than 1 year ago
I was drawn in quickly but agree with the professional review that pointed out feeling detached from important things. I didn't find the twists and turns of the plot to be compelling--the characters were not more than names in some cases. I love third world stories (A Fine Balance, Inheritance of Loss, Life of Pi). This was pleasant enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly a pleasure to read. The author did a wonderful job in detailing both cultures involved in the story, two cultures that are as different as night and day. George and Amina's matchmaking and arranged marriage was modern in standards, compared to what one might imagine when thinking of arranged marriage. The story was realistic, even exotic in nature at times and the ending was fitting. It made me wanting more after the last page....
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This an inactive clan she padded out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nods. "You can but you'll have to wait for red for it to be official."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what happened to the cover with the two birds? and this came out last year