US & Canada Knopf (May 2012, Ed. Robin Desser, 352 pages)
UK & Comm Viking (Ed. Mary Mount)
Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Fiction 2012
Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2012
From one of America's most dazzling talents ("Young writers as ambitious--and as good--as Freudenberger give us reason for hope"
The New York Times Book Review
) comes a cross-continental love story: a brilliantly observed, warmly engaging novel about the exhilarations—and complications—of getting, and staying, wed.
Amina Mazid is 24 when she leaves Bangladesh for Rochester, New York, and for George Stillman, the husband who met and wooed her online. It's a 21st century romance that echoes ancient traditions--the arranged marriages of her home country. And though George falls for Amina because she is "straightforward" and doesn't "play games," each is hiding something from the other. Amina struggles to find her place in America--as a Muslim woman; an aspiring teacher; a wife with her own desires. But it is only when they put an ocean between them that Amina and George discover if they have a future—or if their secrets will tear them apart.
Traveling from American suburbs to the cities of South Asia, The Newlyweds
is a tour de force—a novel as rich with misunderstandings as it is unlikely connections.