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A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

A Wedding in December (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Anita Shreve

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Title:A Wedding in December
Authors:Anita Shreve
Info:Back Bay Books (2006), Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve (2005)



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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 |
Set in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts in December of 2001 this novel deals with a group of former high school friends who have gathered 27 years after graduation for the wedding of Bill and Bridget. The bride and groom separated shortly after entering college and both married and had children with others but when they met again at the 25th high school reunion they knew that they would spend the rest of their lives together. The fact that Bridget is suffering from breast cancer lends some urgency to the matter thus the gathering at friend Nora's inn for a weekend wedding. Others attending are Harrison, a married publisher who has loved Nora for years, Agnes, a teacher at their former high school and the lover of one of their former teachers, Jerry, a loud blow-hard who flaunts his wealth and self-importance, and Rob, a gifted pianist who has brought his boyfriend to the wedding. Underneath the happy wedding activities lies the death of Stephen 27 years ago during a drunken weekend party that they all had attended. Stephen had been Harrison's roommate and best friend and Nora's boyfriend but his death has suffused all of the friends with a feeling of guilt which will be addressed during the wedding weekend.

So far this has been my least favorite of Shreve's books. I didn't really like most of the characters very much as infidelity seemed much too easy for all of them to accept. Agnes' story line in particular was odd. An aspiring novelist she spends much of the weekend in her room writing of a horrific explosion in 1930's Halifax and how the lives of a young eye surgeon and the woman he loved were changed forever. All of this plus numerous references to 9/11 were very jarring. I didn't feel that the story flowed very smoothly and that only a few of the characters were well developed.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
looking back with friends, kind of like the big chill ( )
  nancynova | Sep 12, 2015 |
It's good but...drawn out so far. Hopefully I will understand why there's a story inside the story.

It was ok...but not great ( )
  feenie1010 | Feb 22, 2015 |
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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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