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The Matchmaker's List

The Matchmaker's List is a novel by Sonya Lalli.

Sonya Lalli

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. (From Berkley)

From the book

Nani opened the front door as I was still crossing the lawn. Her nose twitching, she looked me up and down as I forced myself up the steps. 

"Is that what you're wearing?" 

I shrugged and glanced down at my weekend jeans, my favorite checked shirt. It's what I always wore home during one of my weekly visits, but I supposed today wasn't an ordinary day. 

I was twenty-nine today, and walking into an ambush. 

"I was hoping you would dress up, nah? We have guest." 

A guest. A guest implied a cup of chai and a tray of sweets quickly defrosted from the Deepfreeze. A guest was small talk, compliments, gossip. 

A guest was not an unannounced blind date chaperoned by your grandmother.


From The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli  ©2019. Published by Berkley.

Interviews with Sonya Lalli

Sonya Lalli always had a soft spot in her heart for romantic comedies. But as a woman of Indian heritage she rarely saw her own experiences of dating pressures and talks of arranged marriages reflected in the books that she read. That's why she wrote her own. It's called 'The Matchmaker's List' and it launches on April 18 in Saskatoon. Sonya spoke with Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski in studio. 6:36

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