Wedding woes in Chesapeake Bay...

The Singles is a quick, funny read by Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe "Love Letters" columnist. In this debut novel, the wedding saga begins with Beth "Bee" Evans stressing out on how to fit her five friends, who decline to bring a guest to her lavish Chesapeake Bay nuptials, into her seating chart. She dubs them the "Singles". Two of the singles are prone to conflict, two have a history of embarrassing Bee in public, and the last is a woman Bee barely knows who is a friend of the groom's family with an odd reputation as a shut-in (she carries a lamp in a guitar case everywhere she goes). As the wedding day unfolds, each of the singles is dealing with their own crisis and the author draws you into the lives of each one. There is unrequited love, multiple personalities among the bridesmaids, and a best man with no morals at all. This is a typical wedding celebration where the reunited friends drink too much, dance inappropriately, worry about their careers, and struggle with jealousy. Add a few eccentric relatives into the mix, and you have a highly entertaining story that might remind you of a memorable wedding in your own past.

 

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Read this review on the book that might be useful: This is definitely not my usual kind of reading. I’m that person you’ll find scouring the science fiction and classic literature sections in any given bookstore, staying as far away from contemporary fiction as I can get. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book! It felt like I was watching a movie--a romantic comedy of the highest order. I found myself continually drawn into these characters’ lives as they each faced their own awkward interpersonal struggles and each took away something different from something as simple (and as complicated) as a wedding. Recall one of the nice and funny wedding quotes from http://www.weddingwishesquotes.com - Marriage is like signing a 356-page contract without knowing what's in it. And isnt it strange that friends who are supposed to bless the couple with their wedding wishes, end up causing more trouble, sometimes unknowingly? Actually this would be the case if we all have high morals in life and respect the institution of marriage and actually treat wedding as a sacred event rather than just a fun event. And the end of the book was nice and interesting. From the review: I was pleased to see it that instead of giving us a perfectly wrapped up ending with every loose end carefully tucked away, the author left it on a hopeful but inconclusive note that lets you make your own decision about how everything ends up.

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