Arranged marriage is a collection of twelve short stories by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It is her debut work. Some of the stories are about arranged marriages and some are about the experiences of women, those living in India, those living in India but later in America and those living in America. Most of the stories are in first person.
She talks about the suffering in marital violence especially the children; about how we want the best for our children and what women go through when they move across seven seas to their marital home to be with their spouse. She also mentions about the insecurities we have when we live abroad and how we react to them. She mentions about insecurities in both arranged and love marriage; about how children, even unknown, enter our lives and change it and about male dominance even among Indian immigrants. There are stories about the friendship of childhood being maintained even across seven seas and about the guilt that comes in when we lie to our friends.
I enjoyed the book, though I found it emotional and depressing at times. I felt that somewhere, the stories were somewhat incomplete. Her language and flow are good and no two are same. She has even acknowledged authors whose stories have inspired her stories.
Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Black Swan