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The Marrying Kind by Ken  O'Neill
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May 08, 12

Read in May, 2012

With a contemporary theme that is utterly serious and heart wrenching, this is the funniest book I have read in a very long time. The story takes place in 2007, and while American society is slowly changing, and has since changed in New York City where the story takes place, the reader gets an authentic feel for the issues at stake.

Ken O'Neill's ability to cut-to-the-chase in his observations of pop culture and the behavior of the people within it is masterful. Adam and Steve are two gay men who have been together for six years and are very much committed to their love for each other. Adam, a wedding planner and Steven, a columnist for the "Gay New York Times" decide to begin a movement to boycott heterosexual weddings until all GLTB individuals have the same rights to marry. Gay and lesbian florists, caterers, cake decorators, bridal gown makers and sellers, and waiters/waitresses in restaurants go on strike against serving weddings. They hold protests and rallies even though getting barely a mention on tv news.

Unfortunately, just as the movement takes hold, Adam's sister Amanda and Steven's brother Peter announce their upcoming marriage to each other.

Let the conflict begin. Enter all the ethnic emotions and food of Steven's Macedonian-Romanian-American mother and the rather more aloof attitude of Adam's English-American mother, and you have a colorful mix of characters indeed. How Adam and Steven handle belief and commitment to their cause while yet wanting to be part of their siblings big day holds the reader captive until the very end.

Ken O'Neill is an amazing writer, and I hope we'll hear much from him in the future!
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