• Love Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Monica Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayesha Dharker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Set in London now, Love Marriage marks the magnificent return of Monica Ali, the Booker Prize-shortlisted, “splendid, daring, brilliant, refreshing” novelist (The New Republic) “with an inborn generosity that cannot be learned” (The New York Times Book Review).

Yasmin Ghorami is 26, in training to be a doctor (like her Indian-born father), and engaged to the charismatic, upper-class Joe Sangster, whose formidable mother, Harriet, is a famous feminist. The gulf between families is vast. So, too, is the gulf in sexual experience between Yasmin and Joe. 

As the wedding day draws near, misunderstandings, infidelities, and long-held secrets upend both Yasmin’s relationship and that of her parents, a “love marriage”, according to the family lore that Yasmin has believed all her life.

A gloriously acute observer of class, sexual mores, and the mysteries of the human heart, Monica Ali has written a captivating social comedy and a profoundly moving, revelatory story of two cultures, two families, and two people trying to understand one another.

Monica Ali’s Brick Lane was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic

©2022 Monica Ali. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Ayesha Dharker, a Bombay-born British actor, performs this darkly comic audiobook smartly and sensitively. She gives every character their due. Her intonations, whether for Brits or Indian immigrants, are subtle and unique. Her portrayal of the conflicted heroine, Dr. Yasmin Ghorami, is apt, capturing all her angst. Perhaps her most eloquent renditions are of Yasmin's Bengali immigrant parents, whose story provides the novel's title." (AudioFile)

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I loved everything about this book!

I have waited for another book from Monica Ali ever since I read Brick Lane. She is a wonderful story teller and weaves many interesting sub plots into Love Marriage. The story is rich with insights into human nature and shows us that things are never as you see them.
I like to listen to books on Audible because I find that the voices add so much to the characters. The reader for this book was outstanding!

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comedy of manners

Kirkus referred to “Love Marriage” as “a comedy of manners of Britain’s urban middle class” which it is and more. Author Monica Ali takes betrothed young doctors from different cultural backgrounds and has fun bringing their families together.

Yasmin Ghorami is a doctor specializing in geriatrics. She comes from a devote Muslim family. Yasmin is a people pleaser and a good girl. In fact, her father chose her occupation for her; she’s never had dreams, only possessed her parent’s dreams for her. Her fiancé is Joe Sangster, a fellow doctor with a feminist mother. Harriet channels an erotic Gloria Steinem in all she does, encouraging polyamorous relationships. Harriet’s latest project is a book of interviews with men about their penises with accompanying photos. Yes, author Ali has some fun with the two families meeting.

Quickly we learn that Joe has a big secret he’s keeping from Yasmin. Yasmin has work issues with a sexist physician who undermines her at every turn. Add to this tension, somehow Yasmin’s devote and sweet mother takes a shine to Harriet! Yasmin’s head is spinning.

There are too many subplots to mention, let’s just say this is like a crazy rendition of “Soap”. Also like the old sitcom “Soap” there are some heavy topics.

I listened to the audio, narrated by Ayesha Dharker. I am sad to write that I am not a fan of Dharker’s voices she used for men. Most sounded smarmy and creepy to the point of distraction. Also, there is so much in this that I wished I would have read it. It’s almost 16 hours in listening length (432 pages), making it chock full of interesting observations. Skip the audio, read this one!

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Delightful

A well written story about family, about what's real & not real, coping, acceptance & growing up. There's a love story included too!

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Great story, poor ending

The story was captivating and well-written for the most part, except for the ending, which dragged too long without explaining much. The multitude of current topics was appealing, but each of them deserved a little more elaboration. Flame, for example, remains a total mystery, unexplored. Finally, small but significant detail: “Sandor” is pronounced “Shandor” in Hungarian, as in Sándor Petőfi - “Shandor Petefi,” the poet and revolutionary.

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Loved it

Love Marriage Is a fascinating look into another culture that reminds us that we're all in this life journey with the same wishes and desires. well written and narrated.

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Good thoughts & vision, but written for popularism

The plot is realistic, the cultures are properly shown, but I felt deep mistrust the author opening her heart.
Many times it felt to me that certain aspects of the novel were written to reflect the anticipated audience's desires rather than the original vision, that made the plot predictable and me sad of unrealized potential of a very talented author.

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Really wonderful

I enjoyed listening to this book so much I did not want it to end. Although the ending is implied, I would have loved if it had been laid out. A very good one.

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Almost a 5 star

I loved most of the book, and it had a good ending… but for me it wasn’t great.

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