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Eric

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  • The Newlyweds

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nell Freudenberger
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    In The Newlyweds, we follow the story of Amina Mazid, who at age twenty-four moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York, for love. A hundred years ago, Amina would have been called a mail-order bride. But this is an arranged marriage for the twenty-first century: Amina is wooed by - and woos - George Stillman online. For Amina, George offers a chance for a new life and a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn’t play games.

    Linda says: "You run into yourself in the darndest places"
    "Amina Comes to America"
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    The title and cover page picture seem utterly unrelated to the actual content of this story. This is a story about Amina - a young woman from Bangladesh. Her American husband, George, is just a prop to tell Amina's story. A thoughtful, beautifully written, and insightful story, as a reader you are swept up in Amina's sense of hope, her naivete, and, ultimately, her simplicity. She is not a woman of guile or deceit. Just a poor woman looking for a better life who ends up on the other side of the world.

    To the extent that you are looking for something big or exciting to happen, this is not the book for you. It is a simple story about relatively simple characters. Although I confess to wishing there was a little more depth to the story and more exploration of Amina's and George's cross cultural experiment, I was never disappointed by the wonderful writing and the excellent narration.

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