In this one-of-a-kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.

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.

Advance praise for Unmarriageable

“[A] funny, sometimes romantic, often thought-provoking glimpse into Pakistani culture, one which adroitly illustrates the double standards women face when navigating sex, love, and marriage. This is a must-read for devout Austenites.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Unmarriageable is a joy to read! It transforms a familiar story into something new and fresh and different, but keeps all of the warmth and intelligence of the original. I loved everything about these characters and spending time in their world.”—Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Date

Unmarriageable raises an eyebrow at a society that views marriage as the ultimate prize for women. Crackling with witty dialogue, family tensions, humor, and rich details of life in contemporary Pakistan, it tells an entirely new story about love, luck, and literature.”—Balli Kaur Jaswal

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About Soniah Kamal

Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel 'Unmarriageable' is a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and is set in Pakistan. Soniah Kamal’s debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize and an Amazon Rising Star pick. Soniah's TEDx talk, “Redreaming Your Dream,” is about regrets and secon

    Unmarriageable Reviews

  • Meredith

    4.5 starsI absolutely ADORED this book!“It was a truth, universally acknowledged, … that people enter our lives in order to recommend reads.”Unmarriageable is a charming retelling of Pride and ...

  • Julie

    Out-freaking-standing!!! READ THIS BOOK!!I'd love to share my review here, but it is an assigned book and the review will be copyrighted. However, I can not recommend this book highly enough. If you l...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    On sale now! A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice? And by an author born in Pakistan? Sign me up! 3.75 stars. It's not perfect, and often it follows the original P&P plot a little too closely,...

  • Liz

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl can go from pauper to princess or princess to pauper in the mere seconds it takes for her to accept a proposal.”Pride and Prejudice remains my f...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

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    A beautifully told story full of character charm and culture! This was such a magical story, a modern retelling of “Pride and Prejudice“ set in modern day Pakistan... Full disclosure I have never...

  • Brandice

    Set in early 2000s Pakistan, Unmarriageable is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Don’t shun me, but I’ve never read the classic original Pride and Prejudice. The premise here, however, is the sa...

  • Mackey

    Unmarriageable, as many no doubt know, is an entertaining re-telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – with a twist.If you are familiar with the original Austen story, then the premise of Unm...

  • Jennifer

    Unmarriageable is a retelling of Jane Austen's famed Pride and Prejudice, only this time it's set in Pakistan during the years 2000 and 2001. The classic plot line is followed meticulously and each fa...