The Wedding by Imraan Coovadia
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Set in India and South Africa, The Wedding joins Ismet Nassin, a clerk of modest prospects from Bombay, and the village beauty he marries on the very day he spies her from the window of his train. Matrimony happens fast, love lags behind. Khateja is willful, difficult, and misanthropic—in short, highly desirable. Ismet is in for the battle of his life.

Based upon the story of his grandparents and his own upbringing in Durban, South Africa, Imraan Coovadia’s The Wedding is a brilliantly funny and tender first novel—an alternately poignant and hilarious story about the choices we make and the homes that we build.

The Wedding is a witty and wonderful subcontinental version of The Taming of the Shrew.

About Imraan Coovadia

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Imraan Coovadia, born in Durban, South Africa, attended Harvard, studied writing at Cornell, and is currently a graduate student at Yale.
Published November 3, 2001 by Picador. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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First novel by a South African–born Indian now in the US: a would-be witty comedy of love and manners chronicling a courtship and marriage inspired by the author’s own immigrant grandparents.

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To escape the rancor between mother and daughter-in-law and to seek better opportunities, Ismet takes his wife to Durban, South Africa, where they make a new and happy life—sort of, for in this battle of the sexes, Coovadia allows Ismet the final punch.

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