Title: A Wedding In December
Author: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Back Bay Books (2006)
Book Source: My Own Copy
In A Wedding In December Anita Shreve tells the story of seven former classmates who come together for a weekend to celebrate a wedding between two of there group. Set at an inn in the stunning Berkshire Mountains, the complex characters gradually unfold to the reader. We learn about their shared history as well as the issues they currently face. The plot of this novel is very simple and provides the backdrop for the revelations and memories of the characters. The group's get together proves to be very important because there are some ghosts that need to be laid to rest involving a shared tragedy from their final year of high school.
Stories that feature numerous characters like this on, is not to my personal taste. I prefer a reading experience that takes me deeply into one unbroken, consecutive thread. That being said, A Wedding In December did keep my interest even though it wove around past and present as well as featuring many different characters. I enjoyed one character in particular who was writing a historical story piece by piece through the novel. It was interesting to see how she worked out some of her own emotions through the creation of imagined characters. Overall, I felt like this novel had a sad and nostalgic tone to it because all the characters life choices are being evaluated and they have many regrets to grieve over. So if you are in the mood for something somber than this would be a good choice.
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