For Jack Cho, a fortysomething gay man, being able to marry someone he loves is so unfamiliar its terrifying. Then a wedding invitation from a college friend brings about a collision with those fearsand his own secret history.
Jack and his new boyfriend, Caleb, are attending the wedding of Jacks estranged straight friend Scott. No sooner do the guests start to mingle than...more
This is the fourth story in the Amazon Original Stories Inheritance Collection that Ive read and I was not disappointed. Forty two year old, Jack, a gay man is invited to attend his first gay wedding by his boyfriend, Caleb. Jack is surprised at how it makes him feel and he begins to think about marriage in ways he never has before. Its the second wedding, a heterosexual one of an old college friend, though, that illicited for Jack (and me) the most thought provoking things. Relationships of the ...more
Jack and Caleb have enthusiastically returned from their first gay wedding when Jack is invited to Scott's wedding. Though he has not heard from Scott in years, his invitation to Scott and Soon-mi's wedding causes old memories in Jack to resurface. What ...more
The Weddings is an intriguing short story looking at gay relationships within the dynamics of marriage, somewhat satirical, somewhat deferential. Marriage, now a legally recognised possibility that has opened up for gay partnerships but the same criteria and decisions need to be made on a personal level. None shout louder than loyalty, commitment and truth.
Jack Cho is a forty-two-year-old Korean man, invited to a gay wedding along with his partner Caleb. The wedding stirs emotions in ...more
Jack and Caleb have been dating for a year when Jack gets a call from an old friend, Scott, who invites him to his wedding. Jack remembers him as the guy who was obsessed with Asian culturehe'd say things like "I feel Korean inside" and he'd only ever date Asian girls. Jack had always had a crush on him, but ...more
Jack is a forty-ish Korean gay man who is dating 32-year-old Caleb, a white man. Gay marriage has just been legalized. Jack and Caleb attend their first gay wedding, an obviously new concept to Jack, which gets him thinking if that is something he would eventually like. A bit later the couple attends a second wedding, this one a heterosexual wedding between Jack ...more
That someone might like you just for your ethnicity was its own violence.
Rich and famous people are never quite sure if others like them for themselves or just hope some of the glitz will rub off on them. Jack is a gay Korean American, so his concerns are not only about looking Korean but also about being gay. His white roommate in college had always been obsessed by Koreans, so he was never quite sure about Scotts feeling towards him.
Scott was Jacks white friend from college most likely to ...more
Alexander Chee, who wrote Queen of the Night...a dazzling sensational novel.
The Weddings, captures all that is complicated and wonderful about being gay, about being straight, about weddings, and about secrets & predicaments.
The Weddings, is part of the Inheritance collection (5 book series)...
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The contributing authors to this series are:
Alice Hoffman, Julie Orringer, Anthony Marra, Jenifer Haigh, and Alexander Chee. ...more
Until recently, there had been no reason for Jack to even contemplate marriage, as a 42 year-old gay man it had always been a closed avenue. But this wedding, a union of a couple already emotionally bound one to another, seemed to stir ...more
The Weddings is about a gay couple who tackle the idea of getting married themselves at the same time as attending two weddings of their friends. These two weddings are very different from each other and raise very different issues for both Jack and Caleb.
I read this one while sitting at an airport waiting for a ...more
After the first wedding they attended, Jack thinks Caleb is the one, but Caleb isn't quite into marriage. Then a surprise call and a second wedding invitation from one of Jack's past close friends....a friendship that still brings back fond feelings....and more than one dark secret, as it turns out, for the newly married straight groom.
My fourth read in the Inheritance Collection;...more
This little read by Alexander Chee is a small book about love, weddings and a gay perspective about weddings and relationships
It was a good little story, compact and unique
Thank you to the author and Amazon for my early release
The Weddings was the fourth short story I read from the Amazon Original Stories.
It is a competently written short-story, albeit I didn't feel as invested or captivated by it as it was the case with the previous three short stories I read.
Fourty something Korean American gay man feels like a fish out of water, as many of his gay friends and acquaintances are getting married, following the relatively recent legalisation of same-sex marriage.
When he's invited to an old college friend's ...more
Jack Cho is gay, is Korean American but was raised with no understanding of his Korean heritage as his parents wanted full immersion in their adoptive country. His partner is Caleb. Whilst at college Jack had a brief fling with Scott who is obsessed with all things Korean. Scott invites Jack ...more
Jack and his boyfriend attend two weddings. The first wedding is between a couple of gay friends taking advantage of a change in the law.
This wedding is joyful and relaxed and leads Jack to wonder whether he might now consider getting married, possibly to his present boyfriend, Caleb.
The second wedding is a little more confusing. The groom is an old college friend but a little more. Scott is straight but years previously he ...more
Why am I here? he asks himself. What am I doing?
In just under fifty pages Alexander Chee examines a man's changing relationship to his old college friend. The weddings of the title are the backdrop to our protagonists' personal crisis.
Jack Cho is a forty-something man in a committed relationship with Caleb. When they are invited to attend the wedding of a friend of Caleb's, Jack finds himself, for the very first time, wondering if he too will marry. Soon after the couple is ...more
The Weddings by Alexander Chee is a short story.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Amazon Original Stories, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Jack Cho, a gay Korean-American, considers marrying for the first time, now that it is legal. Caleb, his boyfriend, is not yet on the bandwagon.
When Jack is invited to ...more
This is one of five short stories that are part of a collection called Inheritance. Each one is by a well known author that explores themes of secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations about loved ones.
Jack Cho attends two weddings with his new boyfriend Caleb. ...more
Mr. Chee's writing was magical, this was a wonderful reading experience that was truly a delight. Oftentimes fiction gets at a truth better than nonfiction ...more
Jack Cho is a forty something gay man, who after attending 2 weddings with his partner Caleb , realizes that marriage is not out of the scope of possibilities. The first marriage is between 2 gay men who have been together ten years. The second is a straight wedding, with the groom being an old friend of Jacks and also someone he has always had a crush on.
It was a story about revisiting memories and looking ...more
This was a really nice analysis of race and fetishization specifically through the lens of a middle aged, gay, Korean man named Jack. His experiences as a second gen immigrant and the only out gay man at his college, shaped how he interacts with his peers and in love/relationships in the future. This was a good read and Im eager to read more from Chee. However I couldnt help but feel unsatisfied at the end, there was this interesting subplot that never really amounted to anything, but ...more
Jack is a Korean American gay man in his early ...more
A complex, sophisticated, elegant investigation of trauma and desire - like a white hot flame.--Joyce Hackett, in The Guardian
A coming-of-age novel in the grand Romantic tradition, where passions run high, Cupid stalks Psyche, and love shares the dance floor with death . . . A ...more