This Friday and every Friday for the next couple of months, I will be featuring a book that was published under the Amy Einhorn Books imprint. I am starting with the 2009 books and will spotlight them in alphabetical order.
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama has been likened to both Alexander McCall and Jane Austen. That's some combination, considering that this is an Indian novel.
Here's the publisher's summary:
What does an Indian man with a wealth of common sense do when his retirement becomes too monotonous for him to stand? Open a marriage bureau of courseDoesn't this sound like a charming book? I love novels that are filled with unique characters, and a marriage bureau is the prefect setting for attracting a good group.
With a steady stream of clients to keep him busy, Mr. Ali sees his new business flourish as the indomitable Mrs. Ali and his careful assistant,Aruna , look on with vigilant eyes. There's the man who wants a tall son-in-law because his daughter is short; the divorced woman who ends up back with her ex-husband; a salesman who can't seem to sell himself; and a wealthy, young doctor for whom no match is ever perfect. But although his clients go away happy, little does Mr. Ali know that his esteemedAruna hides a tragedy in her past--a misfortune that the bureau, as luck would have it, serendipitously undoes.
I knew I wanted to read this book after I saw the reviews by fellow Amy Einhorn Books Challenge participants Swapna from S. Krishn's Books and Jen from Devourer of Books. I love character-driven novels that take me to other places or other times, and The Marriage Bureau for Rich People is just such a book.
For the multimedia junkies among us, Zama's novel is available as an eBook and as an unabridged audiobook.
Farahad Zama has a website where you can read the first chapter, learn more about him, and find a reading guide for book clubs. You will also see that Zama is working on a sequel.
This book was featured as part of the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge (click to join the fun). For information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010.
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People at Amazon
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Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, 2009