Salman Rushdie

Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies (1987)

Written in xxx Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies is a story about belonging. to the eyes of Muhammad Ali, Miss Rehana is a Tuesday woman intent on gaining a visa to enable her to travel to England.  that is, after all, what they all want.  So it comes as some surprise to find that she is relieved not to have been given passage, having failed the set of questions asked of her by the immigration office.  Unbeknownn to him,  Mohamed Ali has helped her ensure that she is able to remain , rather than go to a man she has never met to take part in an arranged marriage

Taken from The Minerva Book of Short Stoires (1988)

See here for the on-line issue of the New Yorker in which this story appeared.

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