Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bengali Girls Don't Press Release

Front book cover of Bengali Girls Don't by L.A. Sherman
 Press Release.

“Bengali Girls Don’t” by L.A. Sherman shares the author’s journey from her birth in a remote village during Bangladesh’s liberation war to her rebellious days in England as a young girl in the 1980s to her eventual forced marriage.

Tampa, Florida. April 26, 2011 - - “Bengali Girls Don’t,” a courageous autobiography by L.A. Sherman which reads like a cultural exposé on Bengali culture, starts in the summer of 1971, in East Pakistan, with the author still inside her mother’s womb. With the Pakistani soldiers closing in, Sherman’s parents and two brothers had to flee through the forest when the soldiers raided their village to survive. After liberation, Sherman’s parents moved to England where she grew up wanting to be like the English girls, able to go out here and there, have friends over and have boyfriends. But when her parents caught on to her un-Islamic ways, they tricked her into going to Bangladesh so that they could marry her off. 

“The book is unique in that it really gives to the western reader an idea of what Bangladeshi home life is really like, and how sometimes we can get caught between two cultures.”

She was inspired to write the story due to the lack of English language books on Bengali nuances and mannerisms. “Sure, some authors have written about our way of living,” she says, “but those are by people who’ve never lived it; I lived it, I breathed it, my heart was emptied out because of it.”

The author goes on to say that the book is about heartache and irony. About broken dreams. And how the life we choose is not always the life that chooses us. “It’s like ‘Brick Lane’ on steroids,” Sherman says. “Or the Bengali version of ‘East is East.’ It’s like ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Catcher in the Rye’ meets South-Asian estrogen.”  

“Bengali Girls Don’t” will be available this summer on in print and as an e-book for the Kindle and on as an e-book for the Nook. The exact release date will be posted on author’s Facebook fanpage.

About the Author:

L.A. Sherman grew up in Bradford, England where she learned how to sneak out of the house without making the door creak. At the age of fifteen, she was tricked into going to Bangladesh by her parents and forced to marry a man as old as her father. After four years there with a wicked mother-in-law, she won the visa lottery for America and moved to the Big Apple. Now hard at work on her second book, she lives in Tampa, Florida with her family near a pond full of gators and spends her time doing all the things that Bengali girls don’t.

Media contact:

Luky “L.A.Sherman (It’s lucky without the c)


L.A. Sherman


  1. Hello Lucky,
    in fact i as your book's realies time is coming evry authour like me is being so again congrats for this press relies....
    best wishes.

  2. Congrads again girl!
    Looking forward for the release. I will be getting my copy ASAP. Take care and congrads again!

  3. Thanks, Rene! I'm just deciding which old pictures to include in the book right now.

  4. Stumbled across your page on Facebook; something made me start reading about you under "Information". I was suddenly intrigued by your story, and amazed at your Beauty!! Can't wait till your book comes out!!

    Susan D'Alesandro Wilder (FB Name)

  5. Thanks Susan! I'll let you know the exact date as it gets closer, :)

  6. Yeah! Can't wait to read this book! Following you back!

  7. Sounds like a very inspiring and riveting story. I would love to buy a copy once its out. Congratulations and all the best for your continued success!.

  8. Thanks for the encouraging words! I'll definitely let you know when it's out.

  9. Thanks Carolina! I'm following both your blogs!

  10. What an intriguing story! Nice to meet you Luky. Makes us American-born women think about the privledges we have and need to be more thankful for.

  11. Sounds like a great book, you are so pretty in your photos! New follower from Blogaholic, look forward to your future posts!

  12. Frugal, Thanks! (blushing). I'm following your blog.

  13. Sounds like an amazing story. New follower from Mom Bloggers Club.

  14. Thanks Ana. I really appreciate the support.

  15. Oh. I can't wait to read your story.

  16. Thanks La Fille D'or! I can't wait to get it into your hands. LOL

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sounds like it will be a very interesting book. Does it go all the way to present day? I'll be looking for it!!! Good Luck with everything. I'm following you now.

  18. Thanks Michelle! It'll be out in July. Not sure of the exact date though. :)

  19. Hi, Luky. I read your book/story during the summer and I really enjoyed/suffered with you. Just congratulate you about being so brave. Next chapter: Girls DO!
    Hope you like my little kind of tribute in Spanish.

    By the way, is your book translated into this language?
    Friendly Hugs