Thursday, June 14, 2012
Culture. The two birds pictured on the cover of Nell Freudenberger’s novel, The Newlyweds, prepare readers for what’s inside. Protagonists Amina Mazid and George Stillman are of the same species, but appear and act in very different ways. The novel presents their courtship and early marriage as a slow journey toward understanding, with Amina’s roots in Bangladesh informing her behavior, while George seems insensitive to the cultural differences that divide them. Their work lives in Rochester, New York, mirror the struggles of many in a tough economy. For some readers, there may be too much drudgery in their lives for this novel to provide entertainment. For me, I found their story interesting, and a reminder of the blend we become in marriage of our similarities and our differences. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase The Newlyweds from amazon.com.