When Huda Al-Marashi meets Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California. Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he's ever loved, but Huda needs proof that she is more than just the girl Hadi's mother has chosen for her son. Tonight Huda Al-Marashi shares the story told in her memoir, First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story (Prometheus).
"An honest, often amusing, account of one young woman's quest to balance the traditional Muslim values she acquired from her Iraqi immigrant parents with the romantic fantasies she acquired from American media. Her story is both unique in that the devout, overachieving narrator is not the rebellious first-generation daughter we've come to expect from immigrant narratives, and universal in its instructive journey from youthful hubris and naïveté to learning how to make a marriage work." --Faith Adiele, author of The Nigerian Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems, and founder of VONA Travel Workshop for Writers of Color