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The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
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Jun 15, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

Cultures clash gently but persistently in Freudenberger's second novel, in which American electrical engineer George marries Bangladeshi teacher Amina and brings her to live in Rochester, New York. Having conducted a mostly online romance that was largely practical on both sides, the two must now adjust their expectations to the reality in front of them. We experience the relationship through the eyes of Amina, who finds out a secret about George's romantic past even as she's grappling with her own attraction for a friend back home. Freudenberger has an incredibly sure authorial hand, creating characters who feel completely three-dimensional. Her evocation of Dhaka and rural Bangladesh is highly detailed and seems pitch-perfect; by contrast, she doesn't use the Rochester setting for much except to emphasize its blandness. The last third of the novel hinges on some plot points that seem a bit convoluted, but a poignant ending redeems everything. All in all a satisfying and enlightening read, though not in my top five of the last year.
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message 1: by Michele (new)

Michele This is on my to-read list, and it just moved down on the list! I just finished Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin. Exceptional!


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