Title: The Matchmaker’s List
Author: Sonya Lalli
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
This was such a fun read! Usually books are set in places I’ve never been to, mostly in the US, and it feels a bit distant to me. With The Matchmaker’s List I recognized so many spots in Toronto that connected me to the story on a different level. Loved that about it!
Learning about Indian culture was a treat and now I want to eat all the food. I also related to the old-world culture fusion with my generation. This romance/chick-lit/heart-warming read is perfect for February. Canadian’s I think you’ll really like this rom-com. And US friends check it out because you’ll want to come visit Toronto (and me)!
WRITING TIPS & THE BEST OF TORONTO FROM SONYA LALLI
Favourite restaurant: Kanda Izakaya, near Yonge and Eglinton. Inexpensive, excellent Japanese food.
Favourite bar: Famous Last Words in the Junction. I love the literary cocktails!
Favourite coffee shop: Green Beanery @ Bloor and Bathurst. Fantastic coffee and a great vibe.
Favourite bookshop: I’m biased because I work at House of Anansi Press, but my favourite bookshop is the Anansi bookshop at the front of our office on Sterling Road.
Favourite hangout: Snakes and Lattes. Board games and beer: the perfect night out with friends.
Favourite park: Trinity Bellwoods Park. Just stunning!
Favourite farmer’s market: The Stop at Wynchwood Barns. It’s about a 30 minute walk from my house, which makes it a perfect Saturday morning (summertime) expedition.
My hot writing tip: Download SelfControl or another App to block Twitter, Facebook and other distracting websites from your computer while you work! Don’t let research be the excuse that leads you back online. Just write. Leave blanks/comments/notes to draft if you have to, and do the research later and come back to it. It helps, I promise!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 with her husband.