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Love Marriage

Monica Ali
2022, 499 p.

When Joe Sangster, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, and Yasmin Ghorami, a junior doctor currently working on a dementia-friendly ward, decide to get married, it is time for their parents to meet. Yasmin worries that her father and mother, Shaokat and Anisah, who are from a Muslim Indian background, may find it difficult to get along with Joe’s mother Harriet, a feminist strongly in favour of sexual freedom. As they get to know each other, it turns out that both families have deeply hidden secrets and that these are responsible for the sometimes strained relationships between the family members.The story is mainly told from Yasmin’s perspective. Monica Ali’s engaging writing style pulls you in and it is interesting to watch Yasmin grow from being confused and sometimes unreasonable and judgemental into a woman who takes charge of her life. She is no longer afraid to make some difficult choices.


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