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Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

Seating Arrangements (2012)

by Maggie Shipstead

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    baystateRA: Boozy family dysfunction in the New England WASP summer home set.

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Maggie Shipstead's award-winning debut novel deftly chronicles one weekend in the lives of an upper-crust New England family. Winn Van Meter and his wife, Biddy, are preparing to give their daughter away in marriage, but their well-organized lives are tipped off-kilter by misbehaving family, neighbors and wedding party members. It's nothing major, but just enough to make everyone question what they think they know about their lives, their society, their upbringing and their sense of self. Each character in Shipstead's ensemble is well crafted and the setting is so well described, you can almost smell the sea air of a New England ocean island. Amy R. / Marathon County Public Library
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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |

The author excelled at creating characters I disliked. While I finished the book I did not enjoy it. ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 21, 2017 |
This book really should have been better. Sadly too many books are more about exposing all that the author learned in their creative writing class, than they do focusing on the story itself.
Yes the book is well written but there is too much stereotyping and predictability running through the storyline, and the end of the story if you want to call it that, seemed rushed and unfinished. ( )
  zmagic69 | Aug 10, 2017 |
Tedious. Gave it 50 pages before I gave up.
But I recently read her newest book, "Astonish Me" and loved it. ( )
  dcmr | Jul 4, 2017 |
i found this book really depressing and i really, really, really hope it isn't a reflection of the reality of modern life surrounding a wedding. i can step back and look at this and see that it is well written and is filled with symbolism and internal struggles, but it's buried beneath a huge pile of immoral behavior. i can't see how the (28 year old!) author justifies the continuation of the behavior, despite the inner struggles and regret. i kept waiting for some glimmer of revelation and redemption (in fact that's why i made myself finish the book) and just ended up disappointed. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
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The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers,
Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends
Or another testimony of summer nights.  The nymphs are departed.
And their friends, the loitering heirs of City directors;
Departed, have left no addresses.
T.S. ELIOT, "The Waste Land"
To my parents, Patrick and Susan,
pillars of everything
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By Sunday the wedding would be over, and for that Winn Van Meter was grateful.
Makeup pencils and brushes were everywhere, abandoned helter-skelter as though by the fleeing beauticians of Pompeii.
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"Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father's oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson's best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne's beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life"--Dust jacket.… (more)

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