Marriage Material

Marriage Material

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD AND LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE To Arjan Banga, returning to the Black Country after the unexpected death of his father, his familya€™s corner shop represents everything he has tried to leave behind a€“ a lethargic pace of life, insular rituals and ways of thinking. But when his mother insists on keeping the shop open, he finds himself being dragged back, forced into big decisions about his imminent marriage back in London and uncovering the history of his broken family a€“ the elopement and mixed-race marriage of his aunt Surinder, the betrayals and loyalties, loves and regrets that have played out in the shop over more than fifty years. Taking inspiration from Arnold Bennetta€™s classic novel The Old Wivesa€™ Tale, Marriage Material tells the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop a€“ itself a microcosm of the South Asian experience in the country: a symbol of independence and integration, but also of darker realities. This is an epic tale of family, love, and politics, spanning the second half of the twentieth century, and the start of the twenty-first. Told with humour, tenderness and insight, it manages to be both a unique and urgent survey of modern Britain by one of Britaina€™s most promising young writers, and an ingenious reimagining of a classic work of fiction.A couple of hours into it alla#39; with most of the other shop owners gone to bed - a little bit of me holding out for some kind of ... Vauxhall Astra came roaring past the shop, performed a U-turn at the traffic lights a hundred yards away and returned.

Title:Marriage Material
Author:Sathnam Sanghera
Publisher:Random House - 2013-09-26


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