Don't miss this heart-warming, funny and bestselling book club pick about what love really means
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THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A BBC BETWEEN THE COVERS BOOK CLUB PICK
AS HEARD ON RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME, READ BY MEERA SYAL
A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TIMES, DAILY MAIL, RED MAGAZINE, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'Absolutely terrific' JENNY COLGAN
'An utterly unputdownable exploration of modern love' STYLIST
'Gloriously readable, acute, funny and sympathetic' DAILY MAIL
TWO CULTURES. TWO FAMILIES. TWO PEOPLE.
Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family, a fledgling career in medicine, and a charming, handsome fiancée, fellow doctor Joe Sangster. But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin's parents get to know Joe's firebrand feminist mother, both families must confront the unravelling of long-held secrets, lies and betrayals.
As Yasmin dismantles her own assumptions about the people she holds most dear, she's also forced to ask herself what she really wants in a relationship and what a 'love marriage' actually means.
'A glorious tapestry of modern British family life' METRO
'I defy you to put this book down' ADAM KAY
'A surefire hit' OBSERVER
'Wildly entertaining ... a bold and generous book' FINANCIAL TIMES
'Big-hearted, wry and tender' HARPER'S BAZAAR
'As engrossing and enjoyable as Brick Lane' SUNDAY TIMES
'Rich, sensitive and gloriously entertaining' TASH AW, TLS
Booker-nominated Ali (Brick Lane) returns with the complex yet breezy account of a 26-year-old London medical student who questions whether she really wants to be a doctor or if she's merely carrying out her father's wishes. Yasmin Ghorami's family is Indian and Muslim, and she is engaged to white upper-class colleague Joe Sangster, whose mother, Harriet, is a famous feminist activist. As wedding planning commences with Harriet and Yasmin's mother, Anisah, at the helm, tensions rise between the couple, but it turns out religious and cultural differences are the least of the roadblocks. The delicate web of familial relationships and drama is held up by a vibrant supporting cast: Yasmin's underachieving brother and his girlfriend's unplanned pregnancy; Anisah's midlife awakening to her own power, and Yasmin's father's increasing alcohol use and isolation as he clings to his conservative religious beliefs. Everything leads toward the reveal of a dark secret held by the Ghoramis that threatens to undermine the engagement. The characters' brisk discussions on politics, culture, and race skate over ideological divides, the substance of which emerges in dramatic irony and creates a textured portrayal of an immigrant family. This is sure to please Ali's fans and win some new ones.