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The Newlyweds

Freudenberger, Nell

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Newlyweds
"The story of a Bengali woman who marries a man from Rochester, NY, after they meet online"--Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307268845
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 31, 2013
  • jthomas1527 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I just thought it would be a more thoughtfully written book, which for me means the prose is memorable. I felt no need to reread anything or analyze anything except for the Kim/George situation, of which I'm still confused. The trip back to Bangladesh was a blur of too many characters, but maybe this is what a homecoming is - convoluted.

Jun 18, 2013
  • cmb8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

interesting story about online international dating and how it transpired into life in America

May 31, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amina is a young, educated Bangladeshi woman looking for a better life. George is an older, lonely American engineer looking for a practical wife. They meet online. They agree to get married. Amina moves to America. It’s easy for a book about an (e)mail order bride to devolve into melodrama and stereotypes, but Freudenberger manages to paint a realistic picture of this modern day arranged marriage between two people who must overcome cross-cultural confusions and complicated past histories to make a future together.

Feb 04, 2013
  • skylars rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

So-so story about young woman from Bangladesh, marrying American that she met online. What I found interesting was the description of life in the Middle East, Southern Asia, and Bangladesh in particular. The customs, life-style, institutions, etc. Very enlightening.

Jan 01, 2013
  • niteReeder rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I had high hopes for this book (I checked out the audiobook), but I was consistently disappointed by 1) the lack of superb writing and fascinating ideas---it just seemed lackluster to me and 2) lack of character development, especially George, and 3) too much predictable miscommunication / misunderstanding throughout the whole book. Kim's storyline seemed confusing -- how does she get rejected from the boyfriend's family, then ends up back in?? Did I miss something? Also, when I got to the end of the audiobook, I thought surely the CD player skipped a chapter or I missed a disc, so I played it back, and received confirmation of a disappointing, unsatisfying ending. I don't expect stories to always conclude with a happy ending, but this story just fizzled with too many unanswered questions.

Oct 21, 2012
  • jenniferramp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this was an awesome read but i didn't want it to end. thinking about it now i can see why she ended it there though, the interesting part of the story was over and by ending there she showed that from then on Amina would be living a "normal" life in America. if this is not the case the author could always write a sequel...yes nell please do!!!!

Sep 24, 2012
  • kozakd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good examination of what love is and what we think it is or want it to be. It examines marriage as a contract, part spoken and part unspoken. I enjoyed the illustration of cultural differences and how it affects decisions and attitudes.

Aug 05, 2012
  • mswendybe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting novel. Intimate view of a relationship, facing the usual communication issues, not helped by secrets and a cultural divide.

Jul 20, 2012
  • booktigger rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I did enjoy reading this book but i have to agree that the ending was a disappointment. Nevertheless, it does give an interesting perspective on how where we grow up can determine our interpretation and understanding of the world. I think it's an especially relevant book when we live a multicultural community to understand how people can have such different perspectives on issues such as living with your parents(or not).

Jun 22, 2012
  • poubeans rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written, if a bit meandering, this interesting story of an intercultural marriage is a perceptive character study but just sort of glides to a halt rather than having a really satisfying ending. Worth reading if you enjoy Freudenberger's careful, delicate writing style.


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