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A WEDDING IN GREAT NECK
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
More than just a wedding chronicle, A Wedding in Great Neck is a family parable full of all the drama and gossipy turmoil you’d expect. The drama, however, is firmly rooted in realistic family issues. Readers will no doubt find at least one dynamic among the characters to which they’ll relate. Though the happy ending wraps up a little predictably, this book’s rumination on the importance of family, self-reflection and second chances still makes for quite a satisfying read.
Gretchen might be more excited for her baby sister Angelica’s wedding if her (soon to be ex) husband hadn’t shown up at the last minute, her daughter Justine wasn’t acting so surly and the whole affair wasn’t so extravagant compared to Gretchen’s modest nuptials years before. But with each family member bringing their own heavy baggage to the event, she’s not the only one in sour spirits. Everyone will have to sort out their issues if the day is to be a success and they’re to remain a family afterward. (NAL, Oct., 336 pp, $15.00)
Reviewed By: Leah Hansen
Published: October 2012