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A Wedding in December: A Novel

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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 Decemb ...more
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Published November 1st 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2005)
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Destinee Sutton
Aug 02, 2007 Destinee Sutton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks
I've read two Shreve novels now and I think what I've learned from her is this: Before agreeing to marry a man, one should ask him if he's actually deeply in love with someone else. If he's honest he may reveal that he's just marrying you because he thinks it'll never work out with another woman. As Shreve illustrates so well in her novels, it sucks to find out ten or twenty years into a marriage that you were actually the runner-up.

I'm pretty tired of books about domestic funk. Why do I keep r
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Jonathan Ashleigh
I feel I was let down, in the end, when I found out the last details of some dead high school all-star shortstop who died twenty-seven years ago. But, I don’t feel I was let down by this book, which was entertaining and held my attention. In the end, I was surprised by parts of some of the outcomes which were not as happy or as Christian as they could have been portrayed.

At times, I was bothered by the baseball parts which felt as though my mother was describing the terminology. “Hole between s
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Jacki
Apr 23, 2009 Jacki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well I bought this thinking it would be my tie-breaker for Anita Shreve. I've read two book by her that I enjoyed and two that I flat out hated. I won't be reading Anita Shreve anymore.

After the first 100 pages or so, I started just skimming the 'story-within-a-story' parts of the book. For me, this made it much, much better. I didn't really get the point of including this story.

The other thing that I hated was the whole, overall message. She should have included one couple who was at least sem
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Marika Gillis
Oct 20, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This novel brings seven former schoolmates together after more than 20 years to attend a wedding at an inn in the Berkshire Mountains. The tight bond held by this group of friends was shattered years earlier when one of their own died unexpectedly. The blossoming relationships and potential of each of these central characters jackknifed with the death of this friend, and the wedding reunion gives the characters an opportunity to seek out a resolution for the paths they did not follow.

This is the
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Becky
May 28, 2008 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The basic message of this book is that adultery can be justified, which I firmly disagree. At first I thought this book was ok - it has an interesting plot concept: reunion of a group of friends from high school after 27 years. It also had a story within a story (which the transitions were confusing, but I started looking forward to reading more of the second story) and was an easy read. But by the end (and time I realized the main message), I was disappointed that I wasted my time.
sarah
Jun 01, 2007 sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god, this book was boring and pretentious, for at least the fifty or so pages that I got through, and I almost never put down a book in the middle. I think I've somehow managed to read almost every book by Anita Shreve and I've only liked about half of them, so I believe I give up now.
Beth
Apr 21, 2007 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As with all of her books, the storyline has promise, but falls short (for many reasons). I am not a fan of her abrupt/erratic writing style (she seems to jump from topic to topic with her characters). With this book, I didn't like how she had so many characters that seemed under-developed. The book is about seven former classmates, but there are a few that just seem to be thrown into the storyline. The best part of the book was the mini Halifax story within the story.
Karen
Oct 14, 2008 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out with so much possibility. A group of old high school friends gathering for a wedding between two of the friends who had found each other again.
It was very interesting to see where each of their lives had taken them. It was interesting to learn of their relationships in high school. There was even a wonderful second story taking place because one of the characters was writing a novel and it was being revealed as she wrote it.
However, the book ended UGLY. It revealed some
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Ali
Mar 30, 2008 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly one of my least favourite of the Anita Shreve novels I have read (there are about 3 I haven't read yet - 1 TBR) I didn't find there was the depth that exists in some of her earlier work, like Fortune's Rocks, or The Weight of Water. The actual story of The wedding - is pretty bland, predictable , and not very compelling, although Anita Shreve's writing is always hugely readable. However within the novel, there is a story within a story, which irritaed me at first but then hooked ...more
Christine H
Nov 19, 2008 Christine H rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shreve fanatics
So, I began this book in May just before I went to grad school and was actually intrigued by the plot synopsis. I found the first few pages dry, but I knew better than to give up on a book before the quarter marker. When I picked it up again this month, I re-read the few pages I had already read and continued for another 20 or so more, but I just couldn't get hooked into it anymore. I thought the narrative was needing spice in numerous areas and even the foundation of the plot began to seem unap ...more
Christina Kirby
Obviously, I went through an Anita Shreve phase. This was one of those books that was hard to get into and hard to finish. I actually quit reading it for a while, read a few other books, and came back to it when I had nothing else to read. I guess it was just boring...nothing really happens to any of the characters, they rarely leave the house where the wedding is taking place, and most of the book is spent reminiscing uninteresting memories from the characters' high school/college days. Skip th ...more
Caroline Rietz
Oct 05, 2007 Caroline Rietz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Anita Shreve book. It was enjoyable, but disappointed where it ended. It was almost as if there was to be a continuation. The one female character who was having an affair with an old teacher, her story seemed abruptly cut off. Why was she having trouble w/ her vision? I almost feel I need to read this again in case I missed something the first time around. I never felt there was enough back ground to each character.
Célia Loureiro
Nov 10, 2011 Célia Loureiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus-books-i-own
É um livro lento, com pouca acção. A autora é sempre uma mestra nas descrições das relações humanas, e não estava a dormir quando escreveu este "Casamento em Dezembro". Eu quase adormeci ao longo das páginas, porque me pareceu demasiado nostálgico, pensei que não fosse a lugar algum. E então, de repente, conforme me estendia à beira da piscina num festival de verão com ele aberto, aconteceu: a revelação, o inesperado, a qualidade inegável da autora. E não vou revelar o que sucede que me fez chor ...more
Kellie
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Jen
Jun 16, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Karen
Oct 17, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I didn't like Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve. So I've not really sought out her others. But, when you are on the road travelling and you need a new book because you've exhausted the three you brought with you, you'll pretty much take anything that isn't utter crap.

Boy, was I suprised. It was AWESOME! One of the best books I have read in a really really long time. I savored every word. I loved every word.

Enjoy!
Jennifer
Nov 30, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: forget it
I did not really care about the characters. It was a straight character study about people who really bored me to death. We compared it to the big chill (that was more entertaining) The book ends kind of like it started it just was and it was nothing I wanted to read.
Marigold
Nov 23, 2007 Marigold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a few of Shreve's books & they're a guilty pleasure - she's not the greatest writer in the world, but she tells an interesting story, usually with some historical background, & they're often a quick read. I liked this one less than some of her others, but give it four stars on the strength of the story-within-story - a technique that I always LOVE! The main story is about a group of old high school friends who reunite over 20 years later, for the wedding of the separated- ...more
Lorraine Lipman
Jul 18, 2015 Lorraine Lipman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. The notion of reunions is always scary and the relationships rediscovered didn't disappoint. The subplot novel, written by Agnes was also interesting and parallels the main plot. It is a novel about unfolding relationships. So if you are looking for an action thriller this is not the book for you.
Florence
Anita Shreve is a great storyteller, especially when her milieu is the past. In this novel, the focus is on a group of middle aged friends who have not seen each other since they were classmates at a boarding school in Maine. There are lots of secrets to share, as well as a wedding to celebrate. One of the former classmates is creating her own fiction, a story within the story, which highlights the Halifax explosion of 1917 a disaster which occurred when two ships in the harbor, laden with warti ...more
Leanne Hunt
Apr 14, 2014 Leanne Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling novel about reality and imagination, this book held my attention throughout, even though it was slow at times. I found the characters convincing and the story absorbing. A group of college friends reunite to celebrate the wedding of a couple who were together in their youth, subsequently married other partners, and then found each other again. But nothing is simple about this reunion, and it is the revelation of each person's secrets that makes for such brilliant exploration of the ...more
Sandy
Feb 26, 2013 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Wedding in December is a pretty simple book about seven former classmates who reunite for a wedding. Each person has his/her own storyline and there is the group storyline of the wedding/reunion. My takeaway is confirmation that we are a composite of the choices we make and the chances we take throughout our lives. One slight deviation from our decisions and our lives could be very different.
Jeanne Grunert
Anita Shreve has talent. She writes well. She creates interesting characters and seamlessly integrates flashbacks into the narrative, a skill I wish I possessed. That said, why the low rating? Because this is a book celebrating adultery. Every single married character in this book either a) cheats on his/her spouse or b) hates his/her spouse EXCEPT for the gay couple who is blissfully in love. The gay couple was, in fact, the most likable pair in the entire book. The denouement was disappointing ...more
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read some of Shreve's other works and thought them pretty good. This one was extremely hard for me to read. It was just plain boring.

A group of old highschool friends are meeting at one of their member's Bed and Breakfast (more like a European resort) for a wedding between two other members of the group. Nora, the owner of the B&B, lost her husband a few years back. He was an acclaimed poet and his death was just fine to Harrison, another member of the group who has carried a torch for
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Book Concierge
3.5***

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
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Kim
From November 2005 School Library Journal:
A Wedding in December carries many of Shreve’s hallmarks: simple and elegant prose; characters who are entirely convincing in their portrayals of human fallibility; and a plot buildup with a twist toward the end that packs a wallop.
Set in New England several months after the September 11 attacks, this is the story of seven former classmates who have not seen each other in twenty-seven years, but who have come together for a wedding. Bill and Bridget, who
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Kirsty
Dec 18, 2009 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of a group of college friends who come together at an inn many years later for the wedding of Bridget and Bill, high school sweethearts who went their separate ways, only to re-unite years later. They haven't really been together as a group since the tragic death of a friend many years earlier. Everything seems ok on the surface, but each one has some sort of struggle... which comes out during the story.

This was my first Shreve and, having seen mixed reviews on her work
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Charlynn
Aug 25, 2012 Charlynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing to contemplate how little actually happens in Shreve's A Wedding in December, yet, at the same time, that which does is so very monumental – changing nothing but impacting everything, though there is a sense that readers just get to experience a moment of what has been building for decades and will continue to build for years. Perhaps this is because of the issue of time and how the author approaches it. Three days – no, actually, it's more like two days and the fleeting morning of ...more
Mafi
Mar 04, 2012 Mafi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, pt, read-marathon
Um casamento reune sete ex-colegas que já não se falavam há 27 anos, mas que se uniram neste casamento. Temos diferentes personagens todas elas com as suas particularidades, inseguranças e defeitos mas que se mostram fiéis retratos do ser humano, explorando os sentimentos e segredos que ninguém sabia.

Bill e Bridget, namoraram durante o liceu mas acabaram por seguir diferentes caminhos, agora reunem-se. Nora, a gerente da pousada onde o casamento ocorre, tenta reorganizar a sua vida depois da mor
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Allen Grace
”The things that don’t happen to us that we’ll never know didn’t happen to us. The nonstories.”

Anita Shreve, the author of the critically acclaimed novel, A Wedding in December, which garnered a massive buzz from thousands of readers across the globe, some raised one comical eyebrow as if to lay a question not too profound however, dismissively and some went to such great lengths, loathing this novel as if it has never been a work of literature. But guess what, it was included in the selectio
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Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts (just outside Boston), the eldest of three daughters. Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school (a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites) and everything Eugene O'Neill ever wrote while she was a senior (to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work). A ...more
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