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Soniah Kamal’s novel ‘Unmarriageable: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan’  PREORDER U.S.    PREORDER U.K.  




BUSTLE One of the most anticipated reads for 2019

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Starred Review “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.”

LIBRARY JOURNAL Starred Review “Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan may seem like an unusual pairing to some, but the rich cultural backdrop only enhances and breathes new life into Jane Austen’s classic. Kamal boldly embraces this treasured love story, creating a version solely her own.” 

AUSTENPROSE, editor Laurel Ann Nattress “A witty, razor sharp view of Pakistani culture paralleling JAne Austen’s Regency-era, Unmarriageable is the Pride and Prejudice retelling of my dreams.

KIRKUS REVIEWS “Kamal’s version of the classic novel highlights issues of colonialism, race, and Pakistani identity. Her insights are pointed and smart. Put your feet up and enjoy. It’s a delicious book.”

BOOKLIST “This love letter to Austen reexamines sisterhood, society, and marriage in Pakistani culture and includes a fleshed-out epilogue that will satisfy today’s readers.”  

KAT IN THE LIBRARY  We can all agree that it is rare for a reboot to rival the original. But in this world, where #MeToo and #WeNeedDiverseBooks live, I have found you a single novel that can be a gateway drug to fine literature, world literature, and women’s literature. Unmarriageable is indeed “Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan”…more importantly, it is the version of Pride and Prejudice modern students NEED to read.” 

JASMINE GUILLORY, USA Today bestselling author of  The Wedding Date  “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.

DEVONEY LOOSER, author of The Making of Jane Austen “A brilliant fictional homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, reimagined in 21st-century Pakistan, Unmarriageable offers an incisive, loving look at the society it puts under the microscope. Kamal’s splendid novel is not only light, bright, and sparkling. It’s sassy, direct, sharp, and funny.”

VANESSA HUA, author of A River of Stars“Charming and insightful, Soniah Kamal’s Unmarriageable connects the concerns of women across time and cultures in this delightful debut.”

V. V. GANESHANANTHAN, author of Love Marriage “An addictively smart, funny, genuinely modern novel that amplifies Austen’s feminism for our times, while brilliantly calling Eurocentrism on the carpet. Unmarriageable is a total delight! Once I had opened it, I really couldn’t put it down. I snuck it everywhere with me when I was supposed to be reading other things.”

THRITY UMRIGAR, bestselling author of The Space Between Us “An irreverent, witty, imaginative novel that is part homage and part interrogation of Jane Austen’s classic.  Austen herself would have enjoyed Kamal’s deft retelling of her novel, while sipping a cup of chai.”

JENNIFER TARHEEL READER  “If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan, don’t miss this one. If you aren’t, don’t miss this one. If you are a fan of diverse, multi-cultural reads, don’t miss this one. Moreover, if you are a fan of impeccable storytelling, Unmarriageable is a book not to be missed! Unmarriageable is a smart, evocative retelling of a classic that reads just like a modern classic. Everything about the story is perfection, intriguing, and completely enthralling. It was enjoyable and engaging from start to finish and receives my highest recommendation.”

FORBES Endearing… Kamal’s story seems to have all the ingredients that make Pride and Prejudice’s re-telling an exciting, dramatic and fun South Asian adaptation complete with big, fat desi weddings, modern Pakistani women,affluent bachelors and the unrelenting quest for love.”

AMULYA MALLADI, bestselling author of The Copenhagen Affair A delicious retelling of Pride & Prejudice! Instead of “high tea” with finger sandwiches, we have “high chai” with samosas and chicken patties. Soniah Kamal opens up the drawing rooms of the South East, where women wear Gucci and Qazi but the prize is still a ring on the finger and a man’s arm to hang onto. Unmarriageable is a joyride where you meet all the lovable Austen characters with a Pakistani twist, drawing on universal themes of love, passion and the healing nature of tea.”

SJ SINDU, author of Marriage of A Thousand Lies Unmarriageable is a rollicking good ride. The opulent landscape of Pakistan’s moneyed (and unmoneyed) social elite is exactly the kind of modern update Pride and Prejudice needs. This is one of those books that are hard to put down.”