The Matchmaker's List by Sonya LalliThe Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli

The Matchmaker's List

bySonya Lalli

Paperback | February 5, 2019

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One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it

Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn't mean she has to like it--or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina's side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she's ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn't know won't hurt her...

As Raina's life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother's dreams.
Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon and at Columbia University in New York, and later completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City, University of London. Sonya has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga and cocktail bartending. She lives in Toronto ...
Title:The Matchmaker's ListFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.84 inPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0451490940

ISBN - 13:9780451490940


Bookclub Guide

Readers Guide for THE MATCHMAKER’S LISTQuestions for Discussion1. Why do you think Raina agrees to let her nani play matchmaker? If you were in Raina’s situation, would you let your grandmother (or another family member) set you up?2. In chapter one, Raina thinks “a man unmarried in his thirties was fine—but for me, it wouldn’t be.” Have you ever experienced a similar double standard in your own life?3. Raina’s first matchmaking date is with Vishal, who agrees to meet her because he is afraid to stand up to his mother about his relationship with a non-Indian woman. Do you think this sort of thing happens a lot?4. What date was your favorite? Why?5. Raina is under so much pressure to get married, she lets her nani believe she is gay to avoid having to go on more dates. Do you sympathize with her in any way, or do you think she is wrong to lie to her grandmother?6. Why do you think Shaylee is so upset that Raina has been drifting away from her, especially when she learns that Raina has been lying about her sexuality to others? Would you ever resort to such behavior with your best friend to avoid confronting the problems between you?7. Although hurt, Depesh ultimately forgives Raina for lying to him. Do you think she deserves to be forgiven?8. Raina has a very close relationship with her nani. What in their family history has made them this way?9. Why do you think Raina holds on to Dev for so long and is so resistant to considering a non-Indian man like Asher? Do you think Raina and Asher are a good match?10. Do you think it is a good idea for Raina to quit her job before she knows what she wants to do next? Why do you think she works so hard as an investment analyst, even though her heart is never in it?11. Why do you think Auntie Sarla and others in Raina’s community are slow to understand and support homosexuality? Are there similar divides in social attitudes and awareness within your community?

Editorial Reviews

"Bright and vivid, and fresh and funny—I was utterly charmed by this insight into Raina's struggle to be the perfect Indian daughter."—Veronica Henry, author of How to Find Love in a Bookshop"A funny and moving exploration of modern love."—Balli Kaur Jaswal, bestselling author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick)"A warm and refreshing look at cultural identity, unexpected romance, and unbreakable family bonds."—Kirkus"A riotous odyssey into the pressures of cross-cultural modern dating that will chime with every 20-something singleton." —ELLE (UK)"Lalli's debut is a delightful, multicultural romantic comedy full of humorous banter and loads of life lessons about family, happiness, love, honesty, and acceptance."—Booklist (starred review)