Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:
NWAW’s June must-reads — This month’s theme: arranged marriages
By Elizabeth Eslami
Pegasus Books LLC, 2010
After four years of hard work and no play, Jasmine Fahroodhi has failed out of college.
Her classmates are getting ready to begin the rest of their lives, but Jasmine has moved from Chicago back to Arrowhead, Ga. And to top it all off, her father has plans for a hastegar, an arranged marriage.
For someone born and raised in America, Jasmine is insulted and more than a little confused, since her Iranian father and Southern belle mother married for love.
But the 22-year-old is also intrigued, so she humors her father and agrees.
Meeting suitor after suitor, Jasmine wonders just how well her father knows her, as each man who visits the Fahroodhi home seems to be successively worse. From the robotic young man with little personality, to the playboy just looking for a good time, to the deadbeat who shows up drunk (and possibly high), slinging insults, Jasmine’s encounters are both horrifying and humorous.
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