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A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

A Wedding in December (2005)

by Anita Shreve

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Seven old friends come together for a wedding, bringing with them their new lives, memories of their old lives, and the secrets from their pasts. One memory is particularly painful; the night their friend Steven died, and each of them carries a piece of the puzzle about what happened that awful night.

I was fascinated by the way Anita Shreve unraveled all their stories, each one pulling you deeper into their lives. Writing from different point of views, and one character writing a story during the weekend that was just as mesmerizing and intense, and how she then made it parallel the main story. There is so much to love in this novel—the Inn in the Berkshires where the wedding is held—and so much to emotionally invest in—like the bride having cancer and is now getting a 2nd chance to marry her high school sweetheart. Definitely a 5 star read. ( )
  PamelaBarrett | Oct 10, 2016 |
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Twenty-seven years after they graduated from high school, seven former schoolmates meet at an inn in the Berkshires to celebrate a long-overdue wedding. During this reunion some astonishing revelations will be made. Past sins revealed, and possibly forgiven. What-ifs and Might-have-beens are examined and might lead to new choices.

I like character-driven novels that explore human emotions and motives. Shreve does a good job with her four narrators – Nora, Harrison, Agnes and Bridget. Each of them has different motives for being here. For each, the weekend will dredge up memories of a shared experience as well as the path they’ve taken to this point. I did wonder why Shreve even included the other three friends, because we really learn little about them in the book, and their interactions with the group are relatively fleeting.

Shreve also includes a novel / story that Agnes is working on – set in 1917 Halifax. Even more than the story of the wedding/reunion, the story of Innis Finch and the two Fraser sisters completely captured me, and I would really have liked to read THAT novel. I did like the way she finally dovetails the novel-within-a-novel with the story of the seven school friends, contrasting and comparing choices and outcomes, showing that while the circumstances may be different the human emotions are the same. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 26, 2016 |
In an Inn 7 former schoolmates reunite for the wedding of two of them, Bridget and Bill.Bridget is dealing with cancer. Agnes is dealing with her affair with a married man, Nora,who owns the inn,is the widow of a famous poet . Along with the others, the past and present mingle, especially a past that includes the death of one of the pals and a story of the Halifax explosion interwoven by one of the cast.
A good read about lost opportunities, marriage and the " what ifs" of life. ( )
  Smits | Jun 17, 2016 |
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At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains, seven former schoolmates gather to celebrate a wedding--a reunion that becomes the occasion of astonishing revelations as the friends collectively recall a long-ago night that indelibly marked each of their lives. Written with the fluent narrative artistry that distinguishes all of Anita Shreve's bestselling novels, A Wedding in December acutely probes the mysteries of the human heart and the endless allure of paths not taken.

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A group of former schoolmates from Maine's Kidd Academy gather in the Berkshires for the a wedding of fellow classmates Bill and Bridget.

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