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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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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 |
Although A Wedding in December takes place over a weekend, Shreve gives us enough backstory of our characters that allows us to know each of them intimately. The classmates are reuniting at a beautiful inn in the Berkshire Mountains to share in a wedding celebration.

Our main characters were the best of friends during school, Bridget and Bill were even lovers, but none of their relationships would survive the real world. As the weekend unfolds, the characters reminisce about the past as they embrace their rekindled friendships. A few have stayed in touch over the years, but most left that world behind, locking away the memories and the secrets. As they discuss events of the past we learn what happened long ago sending these good friends in opposite directions.

One of the characters of the story is working on a novel that takes place during the Halifax explosion. Throughout the story bits of the Halifax novel are brought to life for us. Personally, I did not care for this part of the book. It seemed to take something away from the real story for me as sometimes whole chapters were made up of the Halifax event. Since this was a new piece of history to me, I did find it interesting, I just didn't care for it being a part of this book.

The wedding takes place under tragic circumstances, giving everyone a new appreciation for each other. Both friendships and romances are rekindled as the friends join for the celebration. Except for the novel within the novel, I appreciated how everyone's story was shared.

I enjoyed this novel with themes of love, regrets, and secrets. We did read this as a book club selection in December hoping it would have a Christmas element to it, but that was not the case. Although my book group wasn't overly impressed with this pick, I have to say that it did make for an interesting discussion. I recommend this book for personal leisure or as a book club selection. ( )
  jo-jo | Mar 22, 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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