Unmarriageable is a novel written by Pakistani author, Sonia Kamal. The story is actually a retelling of the famous Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen.
The Binat family is going through tough financial times when a scandal and vicious rumor destroys their family fortune. Alys is the second of the five daughters in the family. She is a teacher in an all-girls school where she teaches English Literature. Even among the family chaos, she is happy with her life. Alys teaches her students about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more than just getting married and having children. One fine day the Binat family is invited to the biggest wedding their town has seen in years. Mrs. Binat gets excited and starts preparing her daughters to find rich husbands. 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.
Sonia Kamal has done a great job at bringing the story to life in the Pakistani context. She has been appraised for her wit and humor that local readers can relate to. Her rich descriptions of colorful, chiffon anarkalis instead of empire-waist gowns, chai and samosas instead of tea and scones make her adaptation of Pride and Prejudice a lovely book to read in this chilly winter weather.