Soniah Kamal: Unmarriageable

2/5/2019 6:00 PM

Soniah Kamal: Unmarriageable FEB5

Soniah Kamal: Unmarriageable

 · Hosted by Avid Bookshop
Avid Bookshop presents Soniah Kamal in celebration of her book, UNMARRIAGEABLE. This event will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 6:30-7:30pm at our Prince Avenue location and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book and to get it signed by the author!

Soniah will be in conversation with Dr. Roxanne Eberle, English Department, University of Georgia, who specializes in Romantic Literature, Nineteenth-Century Studies, and Feminist Literary Criticism.

You can purchase this event book online from Avid Bookshop here:


A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.

When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. 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.

Told with wry wit and colorful prose, UNMARRIAGEABLE is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.


Soniah Kamal’s debut novel, AN ISOLATED INCIDENT, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and the Karachi Literature Festival–Embassy of France Prize. Her TEDx Talk is about regrets and second chances. Kamal’s award-winning work has appeared in numerous publications, including the NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, BuzzFeed, Catapult, and Literary Hub.
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