Monica Ali’s novel Love Marriage returns to some of the themes addressed with great emotional depth and literary talent in her Booker-shortlisted novel Brick Lane. As this novel traces the faltering engagement of two young doctors, Yasmin and Jo, and the familial expectations and shocks that surface in the encounters between their families – the Ghoramis and the Sangsters – it explores what lies beneath the two terms of its title. Praised for its comedy and its sauciness, Love Marriage is generous as well as searching in its glances across generations, cultural traditions and faiths. Ali will be in conversation with UEA’s Professor Alison Donnell. Do join us for a discussion of Love Marriage and its timely concern for how individual lives and loves exceed narrowly conceived identity stories.
Monica Ali is an award-winning, bestselling writer of four novels whose work has been translated into twenty-six languages. Her debut novel, Brick Lane, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and described by James Wood as ‘a great achievement of the subtlest storytelling’. Monica is back with her first novel in a decade – Love Marriage – a story about who we are and how we love in today’s Britain.
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“A truly astonishing piece of writing – exquisite storytelling, featuring the most human portrayal of doctors I’ve ever read. I defy you to put this book down.”Adam Kay on Love Marriage