Soniah Kamal is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her most recent novel, Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan, is a New York Public Library 2019 Summer Read Pick, a Financial Times Best Book of 2019 so far, a BookBub Best Book of 2019 so far and has received praise from NPR, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Southern Living, Library Reads, Forbes, People Magazine, and more. Her debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction and the KLF French Fiction. Soniah’s TEDx talk is about regrets and redemption. Her work has appeared in critically acclaimed anthologies and publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, and more. Soniah is the recipient of a Susan B. Irene Award from St. Johns College where she received a B.A. in Philosophy and was a Paul Bowles Fiction Fellow at Georgia State University where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Soniah grew up in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and England and resides in Atlanta, Georgia. www.soniahkamal.com
Identity and Family: Three Novels about Finding Self in the Mix
In Soniah Kamal's Unmarriageable, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the Binat sisters are deep in the world of nuptial intrigue. The sisters in Lynn Cullen's fictional Summit Avenue contend with the ties that bind families, for better or for worse. And the sisters in Anissa Gray's The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls navigate the trials of unexpected happenings that reveal the heart and core of their family. Join these three novelists and hear about how they found their characters in the mix of family.
Ariel Hart lives in Decatur and is a reporter on health care issues at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She also is one of three sisters.
The Binat family has been down on their luck recently as scandal and a vicious rumor has destroyed their fortune and prospects, much to Mrs. Binat’s chagrin. But Alys Binat – the second eldest and most practical of five sisters – has happily settled into her life as a school teacher to young girls. But when an invitation arrives to the biggest and most exclusive wedding their small town has seen in years, everything for the Binats begins to change. On the first night of the festivities, Alys’s lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla, the wildly successful—and single—entrepreneur. But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal—and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance. BUY THIS BOOK!