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Love Marriage

(2022)
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Set in London now, Love Marriage marks the magnificent return of Monica Ali, the Booker Prize shortlisted, “splendid, daring, brilliant, refreshing” novelist (The New Republic) “with an inborn generosity that cannot be learned” (The New York Times Book Review).

Yasmin Ghorami is twenty-six, in training to be a doctor (like her Indian-born father), and engaged to the charismatic, upper-class Joe Sangster, whose formidable mother, Harriet, is a famous feminist. The gulf between families is vast. So, too, is the gulf in sexual experience between Yasmin and Joe.

As the wedding day draws near, misunderstandings, infidelities, and long-held secrets upend both Yasmin’s relationship and that of her parents, a “love marriage,” according to the family lore that Yasmin has believed all her life.

A gloriously acute observer of class, sexual mores, and the mysteries of the human heart, Monica Ali has written a captivating social comedy and a profoundly moving, revelatory story of two cultures, two families, and two people trying to understand one another.

Monica Ali’s
Brick Lane was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"No one captures the modern family like Monica Ali - Love Marriage is a masterful cacophony of characters, all drawn with deep empathy and sharp insight. The novel is full of surprises and unexpected twists, with an ending that will take your breath away." - Tahmima Anam

"I absolutely loved Love Marriage. It's a story about love and family, about despair and forgiveness, about trauma and recovery, about expectation and responsibility, about friendship and community. Mostly, it's about having the courage to lose yourself, in order to find yourself again. It's big-hearted and tender and it's a novel that cares about its characters so deeply that you will too." - Hannah Beckerman

"I loved Love Marriage, and looked forward to reading it every night. Funny, compassionate, sexy, romantic, beautifully plotted and richly peopled, it is both highly original and working within a literary tradition of novels about love and marriage. Above all it is about the way that individuals are a mystery to each other, and themselves, wounding and misunderstanding each other, yet also about how, with patience and kindness, we can change for the better." - Amanda Craig

"Funny, warm, powerful... Love Marriage has a warm intelligence and a sharp observational power, making the characters and the world of the story feel very alive." - Diana Evans

"I absolutely loved it. It had me gripped and I was so invested in her brilliant characters with their fallibilities and secrets! I empathized with every one of them and really felt I knew them all as individuals. I loved how she so cleverly interwove their experiences to create such a fabulous story. She writes human frailty so well, and her astute observations on family dynamics are superb. Exquisitely written with big heartedness, intelligence and passion. This will be a hit I have no doubt." - Ruth Jones

"A novel with the richness, and the throng and press and hum of life itself, Love Marriage is bold, compassionate, big-hearted, pitch-perfectly written, and utterly unputdownable. Every single character lives and breathes on the page. Make time for all of them for they are going to take up residence in your mind and soul for a long, long time." - Neel Mukherjee

"I tore through Love Marriage. An engrossing read... Such a brilliant portrayal of how we can't help but be mortified by the ones we love, no matter how much we hate ourselves for it. Even in the characters' darkest and most desperate moments there is warmth - they're not perfect but you root for them all the same. I enjoyed my time peeking into their lives - and was happy to see everybody exactly where they should be (for better or worse) when it came time to leave them." - Justin Myers

"I have loved every one of Monica Ali's books and Love Marriage is her best. A huge, bounteous story, it is lit from end to end with human variety and storytelling brilliance. Ali writes like an angel who is not afraid of the devil. It will be a novel of the year and confirms Monica Ali as a national treasure." - Andrew O'Hagan


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Hardback Editions

May 2022 : Hardback
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Title: Love Marriage
Author(s): Monica Ali
ISBN: 1-982181-47-8 / 978-1-982181-47-5
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
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February 2022 : UK Hardback
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Title: Love Marriage: A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick and Sunday Times Bestseller
Author(s): Monica Ali
ISBN: 0-349-01548-1 / 978-0-349-01548-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Paperback Editions

February 2023 : UK Paperback
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Title: Love Marriage: A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick and Sunday Times Bestseller
Author(s): Monica Ali
ISBN: 0-349-01550-3 / 978-0-349-01550-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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January 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: Love Marriage: A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick and Sunday Times Bestseller
Author(s): Monica Ali
ISBN: 0-349-01549-X / 978-0-349-01549-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Audio Editions

May 2022 : Audio CD
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Title: Love Marriage: A Novel
Author(s): Monica Ali
ISBN: 1-79713-528-7 / 978-1-79713-528-1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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February 2022 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Love Marriage
Author(s): Monica Ali
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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February 2022 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Love Marriage
Author(s): Monica Ali
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2022 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Love Marriage
Author(s): Monica Ali
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Love Marriage: A Novel
Author(s): Monica Ali
Publisher: Scribner
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February 2022 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Love Marriage: The new instant Sunday Times Bestseller from the author of Brick Lane
Author(s): Monica Ali
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2022 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Love Marriage: The new instant Sunday Times Bestseller from the author of Brick Lane
Author(s): Monica Ali
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon AU