] 📚 “.....it is a truth universally acknowledged, Alys suddenly thought with a smile, that people enter our lives to recommend reads.”
👏🏼 I will fully admit that Jane Austen’s P&P isn’t my very favorite book of all time, as it is for so many others. However, “Unmarriageable” and its Pakistani revamp IS one of my favorites.
I’ll take Alys Binat in early 2000s Pakistan any day over Elizabeth Bennett in early 1800s England! This is definitely partially due to my tendency to avoid the traditional English canon as a whole, but mostly just my complete and utter love for how Kamal blatantly takes on issues of gender, class, sexuality, body size and race while maintaining the original story within. Alys is now one of my all-time female characters ❤️
My last post about this book explains the genesis for “Unmarriageable”, so please do go and read that too - all about the attempt to erase indigenous languages and replace them with English. In this story, Kamal is reclaiming Pakistani heritage and entertaining us with her writing prowess simultaneously, and I thank her immensely for that. It was a book that required me to slow down and savor the setting and had me constantly wanting to highlight quotes and share them with reading friends.
If you haven’t realized it yet, I loved this one 😉 Its releases this Tuesday 1.22.19 so make sure to watch for it at libraries and bookstores SOON! Also visit my stories (highlights too) for a link to the NPR piece about this book!
Thanks to @randomhouse
for this free review copy - all opinions are my own. #diversespines