by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
I always enjoy a peek into other cultures through the experiences of a fictional character. Almost always I am fascinated by the differences and reminded that underneath it all, we all have the same basic needs. Love Comes Later describes characters that are vibrant, realistic and in pursuit of a need that transcends all cultural identities, happiness. Of course, happiness, as it often seems, comes at a price.
A Description and A Review (all rolled into one):
The story begins with Abdulla learning that his wife (who also happens to be his first cousin and newly pregnant) had been killed in a car accident, the number one cause of death on his country. Abdulla is from
Abdulla had loved his first wife, Fatima, and never wants to marry again. His family isn’t buying it and arranges another marriage to another cousin, Hind. At this point, the glossary of terms located at the end of the book may prove helpful as the author incorporates many unfamiliar terms and Qatari phrases. After an engagement ceremony, Hind plans her escape to study in
The story follows Hind to
So, I won’t spoil the end. I will say that the ending honors the main characters beautifully. Also, there are dynamic supporting characters and a glimpse into the world of the Qatari women, from lavish lifestyles to full body coverings.
The description provided by Robyn Chausse of WOW - Women on Writing sums up my feelings about this book perfectly: “Love Comes Later is a thoughtful and entertaining look into cultural differences as we follow the story of Abdulla, Hind, Sangita and
Kindle E-Book: 256 pages
Published: July 2012
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Love Comes Later is available at Amazon.
About the Author:
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, PhD
Currently Mohana is working on a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the