The Marriage Clock
Author: Zara Raheem
To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Muslim American community is as easy as match, meet, marry. But Leila has always dreamed of a Bollywood-style romance, where the love happens before marriage – not afterwards.
Finding the right husband was always part of her plan, but at twenty-six years old, Leila´s getting nervous, her parents are panicking, and the neighbors are gossiping. Are her expectations just too high?
Deciding it´s time to stop dreaming and start dating, Leila makes a deal with her parents: they’ll give her three months, until their 30th wedding anniversary, to find a husband on her own terms. But if she fails, they’ll take over.
With the marriage clock ticking, Leila undertakes the daunting mission of satisfying her parents’ expectations, while also fulfilling her own romantic ideals. But after sparks fail to fly on a series of speed dates, blind dates, online dates and even ambush dates, Leila must face the consequences of what might happen if she doesn’t find “the one…”
ENGLISH (World) | William Morrow/Harper Collins