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The Singles by Meredith Goldstein
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Aug 07, 12

bookshelves: novel
Read from August 01 to 05, 2012

8/5/2012: I read this book because a friend stood in line for an hour to have it signed by the author--addressed to ME!--the best gift I've received in a long time. (So thank you, friend!) Goldstein writes an advice column called "Love Letters" for the Boston Globe, and The Singles is a great example of "writing what you know". A wedding! And specifically, the complicated and fraught course one must navigate at a wedding if one comes as a single. Five guests, all singles, descend on the fancy and traditional wedding of Bee Evans. All have different relationships to the bride and/or groom; all have different expectations and issues they bring with them; and all are dreading the event! Yet, despite the disasters (large and small) that befall them over the course of the weekend, they all gain and learn something by the time it's all over. Whew. Goldstein's characters are sympathetic, and her story is both funny and painful. A good beach book.

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