The Wedding

Imraan Coovadia

Set in India and South Africa, The Wedding joins Ismet Nassin, a clerk of modest prospects from Bombay, and the village beauty he marries on the very day he spies her from the window of his train. Matrimony happens fast, love lags behind. Khateja is willful, difficult, and misanthropic—in short, highly desirable. Ismet is in for the battle of his life.

Based upon the story of his grandparents and his own upbringing in Durban, South Africa, Imraan Coovadia’s The Wedding is a brilliantly funny and tender first novel—an alternately poignant and hilarious story about the choices we make and the homes that we build.

The Wedding is a witty and wonderful subcontinental version of The Taming of the Shrew.

Press

  • "Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a story of love and loathing at first sight."

    Booklist

  • "As soon as one reads the first few pages of South African novelist Coovadi's premier novel, the cadences of Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy immediately come to mind. Here, a grandson relates the story of his grandparents' tumultuous and unlikely coupling in a fast-paced, cleverly worded narrative that is at turns extremely funny and exasperating as well."

    Library Journal