our letters we know each other more deeply than people
who live together for over half a century."
"You quite literally wrote yourself into my life."
love in the western world, a well-known American book
publisher chooses a wildly unorthodox path: advertising
in an Indian newspaper for an arranged marriage. A successful,
highly educated Tamil Brahmin woman breaks her own culture's
tradition and sends him a letter, launching this book's
remarkable correspondence. What begins as an epistolary
evaluation of compatibility quickly gives way to a yearlong
sharing of hearts and minds that neither of these lovers
could have predicted. Along the way, they raise as many
questions as they answer: How will a child of the '60s
manage without physical intimacy before marriage?
How will a strict Brahmin
family react to a Jewish man raised in New York? How
can two strong, independent, and active people negotiate
the contemporary minefields of gender roles, career,
parenthood, desire, spirituality, and religion before
they even meet? Deliciously funny and profoundly moving,
this intercontinental, intercultural, interfaith love
story may just change how you view relationships.