The Marriage Clock
Author: Zara Raheem
On the night of her 26th birthday, Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents surprise her with an unusual gift – their plans to arrange her marriage. Initially appalled by her parents’ outdated views on love, Leila caves in to their guilt-ridden tactics and accepts their outrageous offer. However, after a disastrous first date with her parents, four of their friends, and a potential groom – who is more interested in her family medical history than in courting her – she soon discovers that finding love the arranged way is a far greater sacrifice than she is willing to make.
After much cajoling, Leila convinces her parents to allot her three months to find a husband on her own terms. Tasked with the impossible mission of satisfying her parents’ expectations, but also fulfilling her own western ideals of love, Leila embarks on a series of awkward, yet hilarious dates with the most eligible bachelors in her South Asian-Muslim community; all the while staving off nosy rishta aunties, judgmental matchmakers, and a meddling mother in the hopes of finding her perfect Bollywood ending.
- In the vein of The Big Sick, The Mindy Project and Master of None
- A fun, fresh, smart debut by a promising young California-based author
ENGLISH (World) | William Morrow/Harper Collins