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 Initially appalled by her parents’ outdated views of love, Leila caves in to their guilt-ridden tactics and accepts their outrageous offer.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 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.
- A hilarious guide to dating South Asian Muslim men (and their mothers)
- The female answer to Aziz Ansari
- A fun, fresh, smart debut by a promising young California-based author
ENGLISH (World) | William Morrow/Harper Collins