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Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
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Jul 21, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 19 to 21, 2012

What a ridiculously hilarious story. Winn VanMeter was a silly, silly man. Too serious for his own good. He was definitely a product of his upbringing and a compensating father. I guess he needed to compensate for Winn's grandfather and Winn's mother. It's a wonder Winn was as normal as he was. But he wasn't really normal. He was a sad portrait of a man who knew what he was supposed to do but could take no joy from any of it whatsoever.

One of my favorite characters was Celeste, Winn's sister-in-law. I love that Shipstead had a tell-it-like-it-is character in the middle of all of those caricatures. Celeste provided the comic relief. Fantastic.

I am very impressed that this was Shipstead's first novel. The story was very well constructed and tidied. I liked it. I will keep my eye out for her next books. Hopefully there will be many.

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