The Newlyweds - Nell Freudenberger I tried, but I couldn't get into this novel about a woman who emigrates from Bangladesh to marry a man in upstate New York, whom she met online. Freudenberg is a skilled writer -- there's some deft prose and lovely imagery at work -- but I just couldn't connect with the characters. I wasn't interested in them and I didn't find them authentic. After a few false starts, I gave up about a third of the way in.