The Shaytan Bride: ABangladeshi Canadian Memoir of Desire and Faith

Category: Book
By (author): Matin, Sumaiya
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Published: September 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*The true story of how one Muslim woman shaped her own fate and escaped her forced wedding.Sumaiya Matin was never sure if the story of the Shaytan Bride was truth or myth. When she moved at age six from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Thunder Bay, Ontario, recollections of this devilish bride followed her. At first, the Shaytan Bride seemed to be the monster of fairy tales, a woman possessed or seduced by a jinni. But everything changes during a family trip to Bangladesh, and in the weeks leading to Sumaiya's own forced wedding, she discovers that the story - and the bride herself - are much closer than they seem.The Shaytan Bride is the true coming-of-age story of a girl navigating desire and faith. Through her journey into adulthood, she battles herself and her circumstances to differentiate between destiny and free will. Sumaiya Matin's life in love and violence is a testament to one woman's strength as she faces the complicated fallout of her decisions.A RARE MACHINES BOOK
From The Publisher*Sumaiya Matin was never sure if the story of the Shaytan Bride was truth or myth. At first the bride seemed to be the monster of fairy tales. However, in the weeks leading up to Sumaiya's own unwanted wedding, she discovers the story - and the bride herself - are closer than they seem.
Review Quote*Sensuous and affecting, The Shaytan Bride wrestles with the enduring questions of how one might reconcile duty with desire, divine will with personal agency. Sumaiya Matin asks us to accept, with tenderness, all the earnest mistakes we have made, and also those mistakes others have made at our expense. Her story stays with you long after you've closed the pages of this remarkable memoir.
Review Quote*The Shaytan Bride is an utterly compelling memoir of how we forge a path between the Scylla and Charybdis of tradition and modernity; obligation and independence. Written in searing prose that commands one's attention, this brave book heralds the arrival of a bright new literary voice.
Review Quote*The Shaytan Bride is a powerful look at the price women pay for living their truth. With breathtaking lyricism, Sumaiya carries readers through her harrowing journey of coming back to herself. A must-read.
Biographical NoteSumaiya Matin is a writer, part-time social worker/psychotherapist, and strategic advisor for the Ontario government, working on a wide range of public policy files, including anti-racism. She lives in Toronto.