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A Wedding in December

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  18,495 ratings  ·  1,535 reviews
An "engrossing" (~i~>New York Times Book Review) novel about a reunion of friends and the resurgence of memory--from national bestselling author Anita Shreve

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 ind/>New
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Back Bay Books (first published 2005)
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Another review. Another very average audio book! Oh well. At least my commute isn't empty, which is the reason I listen to these. I limit myself as I just borrow audio cd's. They are free!

This is a story of high school friends re uniting for a marriage of two of them. This couple have a chance at love after it was assumed they'd marry first time around. They didn't, he split up with her and they regretted it their whole lives. It seems this theme runs this way for all the characters
Destinee Sutton
Aug 01, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Jonathan Ashleigh
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: wedding-shelf
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
Marika Gillis
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.

Apr 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
May 28, 2008 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.
Jun 01, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 re
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Anita Shreve books that I have read have been historical fiction. A WEDDING IN DECEMBER, though, is what the title sounds like, a book about a wedding, in this case, a wedding weekend. This book does, however, CONTAIN historical fiction, a story within a story.

The main story is a bit soap opera-ish. The story within the story was short on history, long on cliché.

They were a group of best friends when they were in high school, all except one. That was the one member of
Mar 24, 2008 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
Jun 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
One of my favorite movies is The Big Chill about a group of friends who get together for the funeral of one of the group. A Wedding in December has all of the same ingredients needed for a weekend reunion of friends from their youth; plenty of drama, secrets revealed, handsome, champion baseball players, beach scenes, memories of favorite teachers and of course romance. Having read way too many mystery novels recently, it was nice to read a story about people, their friendships, their flaws and ...more
Christina Kirby
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
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 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
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I first read this novel in 2005 and rated it a 4★. Reading it again in 2013, I have had to adjust my rating to 3★. Maybe the reader in me has grown up a little...
Sep 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Oct 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.

Nov 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Shreve is a good go to author for me when I need a good entertaining story. This one was not quite as "topical" as some of hers yet no less enjoyable. This is the story of a group of friends who knew each other when young at the same boarding school. Skip ahead 20 plus years as they reunite for a wedding of one of their group. We learn where they have been, what they have done and who they have become. We discover that many of them still have the same bond, and some of them continue to carry se ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Everyone loves to imagine reuniting with our first love, reliving the unique connections we had with those friends that played such an integral part in the formation of who we became...I had such high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it played out in a painfully slow and monotonous way and that slow build unfortunately didn't pay off when the drama finally ensued at the end. The culmination of it all felt empty and devoid of any real meaning or closure.
Sharon Metcalf
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars -

Decades have passed since this collection of high school friends have gathered together.  Now in their early to mid forties they are meeting to celebrate a wedding.  It's a second marriage for the bride and groom but they had been high school sweethearts and so they settle upon an intimate wedding shared with the five friends who knew them best when they were young lovers.    Although it was essentially a weekend spent together to celebrate this marriage it could really be considered
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think I picked the wrong Anita Shreve novel as my introduction to this often-acclaimed author. A Wedding in December is a reunion story, think "The Big Chill" set in a country inn 27 years after a high school graduation. Its ensemble format consists of multiple story lines, unresolved grudges, marital infidelities, yuppie angst and even an “off camera” dead guy. (Oh, and also a novel within a novel, sigh.) Agonizingly slow, with lots of conversations on paths to nowhere, I found myself mentall ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Lorraine Lipman
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 selection of Oprah’s Boo
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Anita Shreve was an American writer, chiefly known for her novels. Shreve's novels have sold millions of copies worldwide. She attended Tufts University and began writing while working as a high school teacher. One of her first published stories, Past the Island, Drifting, (published in 1975) was awarded an O. Henry Prize in 1976. Among other jobs, Shreve spent three years working as a journalist in Kenya. ...more
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