Monica Ali: Love Marriage
After a 10-year gap, Monica Ali (Brick Lane, Alentejo Blue) is back with her new novel Love Marriage. Guest Curator Otegha Uwagba loved the book so much, Monica was one of the first writers she wanted to invite to Birmingham Literature Festival.
Yasmin Ghorami, a 26-year-old trainee doctor whose parents are originally from Kolkata, is due to marry medic Joe Sangster, the upper middle-class son of an outspoken feminist author – and their families could not be more different from one another. With Yasmin and Joe desperate to make it work, how will bringing their families together impact them – and will their marriage plans endure?
A beautiful work of fiction exploring clashes in upbringing, wealth, heritage and culture, Love Marriage has had praise from critics and readers alike since its publication in March 2022.
Chaired by Otegha Uwagba
Sponsored by the University of Birmingham
About the speaker:
Monica Ali is a bestselling writer whose work has been translated into 26 languages. She is the author of five books: Brick Lane, Alentejo Blue, In the Kitchen, Untold Story and Love Marriage. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, in 2003 she was named as one of Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists. She has been nominated for, amongst others, the Booker Prize, the George Orwell Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and in the U.S. has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in London.