The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

Amina is a Bangladeshi woman who moves to Rochester to marry George, a man she met on the internet in the hopes of securing a green card and bringing her parents to America.

I had really enjoyed Nell Freudenberger’s Lucky Girls story collection when I read it years ago, but she fell off my radar as an author until I came across a description of The Newlyweds while aimlessly browsing for new fiction. I found the premise intriguing and I was curious to see if she could pull it off. While I enjoyed the read, I never felt like any of the characters truly leapt off the page. I still felt like there was so much I didn’t really know about Amina, and George I just didn’t get at all. I wanted to like it so much because her prose is lovely, but it didn’t quite come together for me.

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