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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
Tags:Read, Read Prior to 2010

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A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve (2005)



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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 |
This story turns on an odd premise: Bill and Bridget were college sweethearts who rediscovered one another at their 25th reunion. Bridget was already divorced; Bill left his family; they’ve booked their hasty wedding—Bridget has breast cancer—at a Massachusetts inn that another college classmate owns. Instead of inviting current friends and extended family, they have chosen to gather their college classmates.

It’s an improbable premise, peopled by the requisite stereotypes, most, if not all, with questionable morals.

Read this if: you’re thinking of attending your college reunion. It should be a warning. 3 stars ( )
  ParadisePorch | Jul 13, 2014 |
[author: Anita Shreve] is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I tend to read her books late at night before bed. That being said, her writing style is a bit better than usually found in high-class romance-y relationship novels. ( )
  Seven.Stories.Press | Jun 13, 2014 |
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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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