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‘He Never Deserved Me’: Marrying for Culture, Not Love is a Recipe for Disaster

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Sometimes, things are not exactly what they seem to be. When we were writing He Never Deserved Me, the subject came up of how I ended up marrying my husband. My best friend kept on saying that it was an arranged marriage and I would explain to her that it wasn’t. Why don’t you be the judge of that? In my society, it was understood and never questioned by anyone that a potential husband should be from a specific social class, the same as mine or higher and of the same ethnic group as me. He also had to be older than me because that meant he was financially settled and had the capabilities to support me in the way I…

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Sheila Roberts: Mothers and Daughters, and Weddings, Oh My!

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When we think of weddings we naturally think bride and groom. But, when it comes right down to it, a wedding encompasses so much more. Of course, weddings are about the happy couple, but they’re also a community celebration when family and friends gather to celebrate the joys of true love. (And to snicker when the ring bearer lies down for a nap in the middle of the ceremony.) Weddings are about two people pledging to be there for each other through all the bumps and turns in life’s road. They’re also an occasion for family to welcome a new member. And they even allow mothers and grandmothers, aunts and cousins to relive their own special day. In short, weddings…

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