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A deliciously absorbing social comedy, set on an exclusive island off Cape Cod, that tracks a catastrophic three-day wedding weekend with an irresistible mix of wit and tenderness--a pitch-perfect debut (and a wicked pleasure) from a hugely talented young writer.Winn Van Meter has a Harvard education, membership in all the right clubs, a pedigreed wife, and a tastefully understated summer home on a pristine New England island where the wedding of his eldest daughter, Daphne, is about to take place. The weather is idyllic and so, it would seem, is the gathering. But: the bride is seven months pregnant; the maid of honor, Daphne's younger sister, has just had her heart broken by the son of her father's oldest rival; Aunt Celeste, herself on her fifth marriage, watches with a jaundiced eye as the groom's exceedingly well-dressed brothers stealthily make their way through the bridal party. And the irresistible siren call of Daphne's best friend, the bombshell bridesmaid Agatha, will drive the bride's father finally to combust, taking the family down with him in a raucous explosion of misplaced attention and thwarted desire, not to mention confetti and wedding cake.
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: General, Humorous Fiction
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
Author: Maggie Shipstead
Street Date: July 28, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-1238
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5 out of 5 stars
Cindy — 6 years ago
I read an advance copy of this book and loved it. It's a serious story but there's humor in the treatment of upper crust-y New England culture and in the characters, especially Winn, a stiff guy who just doesn't get it. The writing is top notch. Couldn't put it down!