This retelling is FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL WITH A UNIQUE TWIST—it is the first to reimagine the classic set in a Muslim country.
AN OWN VOICES NOVEL WITH A FRESH SETTING: Soniah Kamal grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and vividly brings to life the sights, sounds, and customs of the country, including the lavish details of a days-long Pakistani society wedding.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Kamal’s first novel, published by Fingerprint Publishing, an imprint of Prakash Book Depot in New Delhi, was nominated for a Townsend Prize for Fiction finalist and was hailed as “a wonderful novel” and “riveting and deeply engaging” by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. Her short story “Jelly Beans” appears in the 2017 Best Asian Short Stories anthology, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and on BuzzFeed, among other publications.
PERFECT FOR BOOK CLUBS: Unmarriageable is in conversation with Jane Austen’s original novel, inviting readers to consider themes of class, race, gender, and love across cultures and time periods.
AUSTEN EXPERT: Kamal leads a 200th anniversary special Jane Austen Book Club in her home state of Georgia, and is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and the National Book Critics Circle.
“This inventive retelling of Pride and Prejudice charms.”—People
“As with Austen, whose books could be read as fun and simple romances or acerbic examinations of class and women’s choices (and lack thereof), Kamal’s Unmarriageable succeeds in being both a deliciously readable romantic comedy and a commentary on class in post-colonial, post-partition Pakistan, where the effects of the British Empire still reverberate…. Both a fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR
“Distinctly entertaining…Kamal uses her comedy of manners, infused with tender humor, to comment on the sorry state of affairs for too many young women from this part of the Indian subcontinent…. If Jane Austen lived in modern-day Pakistan, this is the version of Pride and Prejudice she might have written.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Delightful…Unmarriageable introduces readers to a rich Muslim culture. It’s Pakistan circa 2001, when women’s rights were expanding but religious attitudes were becoming more strict. [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 (starred review)
“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, author of The Wedding Date
“Unmarriageable raises an eyebrow at a society that views marriage as the ultimate prize for women. Crackling with witty dialogue, family tensions, humor, and rich details of life in contemporary Pakistan, it tells an entirely new story about love, luck, and literature.”—Balli Kaur Jaswal
“A book simmering with life, language, intellect—and delicious Pakistani cuisine. It will leave readers’ hearts and souls content and their mouths watering.”—Katherine Chen, author of Mary B
“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, author of The Almost Sisters
“Charming and insightful, Unmarriageable connects the concerns of women across time and cultures in this delightful debut.” —Vanessa Hua, author of A River of Stars
“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, author of A House for Happy Mothers
“Irreverent, witty, and imaginative…Austen herself would have enjoyed Kamal’s deft retelling of her novel, while sipping a cup of chai.” —Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us
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