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First Comes Marriage

My Not-So-Typical American Love Story
Narrated by: Jeed Saddy
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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When Huda meets Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California. 

Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he's ever loved, but Huda needs proof that she is more than just the girl Hadi's mother has chosen for her son. She wants what the American girls have - the entertainment culture's almost singular tale of chance meetings, defying the odds, and falling in love. She wants stolen kisses, romantic dates, and a surprise proposal. As long as she has a grand love story, Huda believes no one will question if her marriage has been arranged.  

But when Huda and Hadi's conservative Muslim families forbid them to go out alone before their wedding, Huda must navigate her way through the despair of unmet expectations and dashed happily-ever-after ideals. Eventually she comes to understand the toll of straddling two cultures in a marriage and the importance of reconciling what you dreamed of with the life you eventually live.   

Tender, honest, and irresistibly compelling, First Comes Marriage is the first Muslim American memoir dedicated to the themes of love and sexuality.

©2018 Huda Al-Marashi (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Honest account

In her memoir, Huda provides a very honest and open account of her cultural conflicts growing up as a Muslim in the US. I really enjoyed her story, although she does not win the listener over. Cultural differences less an issue than immaturity and I think this is what really shines through. Would recommend it as an insight to life as a Muslim in the US. And the food descriptions, I really want to be invited over for dinner!