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Unmarriageable

(2019)
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In this one-of-a-kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry - until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.

"A fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society." (NPR)

A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won't make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.

When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. On the first night of the festivities, Alys' lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad "Bungles" Bingla, the wildly successful - and single - entrepreneur.

But Bungles' friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal - and Alys begins to realize that Darsee's brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance.

Told with wry wit and colorful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen's beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.

"Delightful... Unmarriageable introduces readers to a rich Muslim culture.... [Kamal] observes family dramas with a satiric eye and treats readers to sparkling descriptions of a days-long wedding ceremony, with its high-fashion pageantry and higher social stakes." (Star Tribune)

"Thoroughly charming." (New York Post)

"[A] funny, sometimes romantic, often thought-provoking glimpse into Pakistani culture, one which adroitly illustrates the double standards women face when navigating sex, love, and marriage. This is a must-read for devout Austenites." (Publishers Weekly)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A book simmering with life, language, intellect--and delicious Pakistani cuisine. It will leave readers' hearts and souls content and their mouths watering." - Katherine J Chen

"Unmarriageable is a joy to read! It transforms a familiar story into something new and fresh and different, but keeps all of the warmth and intelligence of the original. I loved everything about these characters and spending time in their world." - Jasmine Guillory

"Charming and insightful, Unmarriageable connects the concerns of women across time and cultures in this delightful debut." - Vanessa Hua

"The perfect book for the armchair traveler, offering an insider's view into a fascinating country and culture--including a peek at what the wedding of the year looks like in Pakistan. This one is going directly on my keeper shelf; I loved it." - Joshilyn Jackson

"Unmarriageable is a joyride featuring all the beloved Austen characters with a Pakistani twist, drawing on universal themes of love, passion, and the healing nature of tea. I read it in one gulp!" - Amulya Malladi

"A rollicking good ride . . . The opulent landscape of Pakistan's moneyed (and unmoneyed) social elite is exactly the kind of modern update Pride and Prejudice needs. This is one of those books that is hard to put down." - SJ Sindu

"Irreverent, witty, and imaginative . . . Austen herself would have enjoyed Kamal's deft retelling of her novel, while sipping a cup of chai." - Thrity Umrigar


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