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Other People's Weddings

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  674 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Laurie is a wedding photographer who has photographed more than a thousand weddings over the last ten years. One morning, when wakes up and wonders what happened to all those couples. She starts making calls. Some of them are still together. Others have split up. She begins a photography project to document what happens to love after the wedding. She photographs widowers a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 1st 2004)
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I don't understand why this great read didn't get higher ratings!
Noah Hawley, of the Legion and Fargo TV series fame, is a gifted, imaginative writer. Laurie tells her story convincingly: more than once I had to remind myself that Noah Hawley is a MALE author. A very intelligent, philosophical, wise male, who can write a mighty steamy love scene! This was an EXCELLENT read. For everyone who has ever loved and lost, this book is for you. You will identify with the heroine, laugh at her crazy sist
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where has this author been my whole life? He's absolutely unbelievable. I've now read three of his books (the only three?) and his writing takes my breath away...and his story lines are completely believable and compelling. Beautifully done. ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Do not be fooled by the chick-lit style cover, this is not a beach read. Very dark, very emotional first person narration of a very damaged life. Beautifully written in the way Hawley has exposed his protagonist's deepest insecurities and still has us believing in her. ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is good writing and I consumed it like candy, but it's really a very rich and nutritious meal. Noah Hawley has moved on to success with the Fargo series, but in this novel from 2004, you can see he knows what to do with words. "...the stories that make you who your are, are precious. They're worth being miserly with, worth protecting. If you tell everyone you meet your most private thoughts, your most painful memories, it cheapens them. Turns them into anecdotes." The jacket of my volume sa ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here's the breakdown by category of judgment for this book: Writing: I found several glaring grammatical errors. Mistakes are acceptable at any level, but it looks like Mr. Hawley still has trouble with conjugating the word lie. That's one that really bothers me.

Storytelling: I'm almost maxing out this category, because he really did it well in this book. First-person, present tense is difficult to write, and can even be tricky to get used to reading if you don't see it very often - which almost
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Didn't want it to end. ...more
Carole Landry
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wedding photographer has worked at her job for almost ten years but lately is becoming disillusioned about love. She begins an art project in which she revisits couples she photographed at their weddings to see how the marriages fared. Now she is photographing them in divorce court, or years later with their children trying to discover that elusive element that makes some relationships work and others not work... all in the effort to try to examine why her marriage failed and how to save the r ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Strange. One star for short chapters that made it easy to read. One star for giving the main character a good reason to be messed up.
I didn’t really find that the main character was believable though. I don’t know if it’s because it was a man writing a woman, or if it just wasn’t developed enough. Something just was lacking for me. Then again, maybe the emotional unavailability of the character was exactly the point. I don’t really go for that in real life so I also didn’t really love it here,
Sharayah Preman
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I didn’t like how the author wrote dialogue. The transitions between characters talking was rough and didn’t seem real. I also don’t like that Gilligan ended up being secretly rich. Yeah, he said he isn’t ever going to touch the money but I still hate the whole “found a rich guy who loves me” idea. It makes me feel like it plays on the guys saving the girls trope.
Booth Babcock
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Picked this up on the strength of Before the Fall, which I loved. This shares that book's obsessively detailed backstories and interesting characters, but lacks its edge, instead bending Hawley's crisp writing into the service of what seems a bit like a rom com screenplay. I mean, a really good, thought provoking rom com screenplay, but still. Enjoyable, but didn't move me like the other book. ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable romp through a wedding photographer's life and snippets of her various clients. Also sprinkled throughout are musings on love, true or not, taking chances and living happily ever after. I found the adventure highly enjoyable, light and fun. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever been in love or hopes to be in love! ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I was expecting more from this. The idea had so much potential but didn't really go anywhere interesting, for any length of time anyway. The romantic gestures of Gilligan (why?!) were overwritten and unbelievable...and Laurie, at 36, was so old and wise. Maybe I would've enjoyed this more if I were younger. ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
It was fine. You can tell he's a screenwriter. Main character a bit over dramatically broken. Everything very well described yet at arms length, despite that it's written in first person. Maybe I'm too used to third person omniscient? ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Girl meets boy, girl gets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back. But here, the girl and boy are incredibly broken, so their journey is more than a little difficult. An endearing enough story, but one that seems better suited to a TV movie than a novel.
Lorna Murray
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. the redemptive narrative and the descriptions of overwhelm of emotions, but I wouldn't rave about it. I would however read other books by this author, as I trust the mate their recommender ...more
Anna Penney
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This might look like a chic flick but it is not at all. It is a wonderful read on how past relationships affect our lives and reinforces your opinion on how ridiculous wedding ceremonies have become
Gail Sands
This is not a chick lit book. It is about desperate lonely people looking for love.
Heather Mills
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
This wasn't my favourite book of his though I liked that he wrote from the woman's perspective. Not as engaging or intriguing as Before The Fall. ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Good story, some cringy writing here and there.
Christi L Ellwood
So Dang Good!

Keeping this one forever! This book joins the ranks of my few favorites! Noah Hawley is brilliant. Thank you, sir.

Mar 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
DNF I'll try again later ...more
Nancy Mack
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think Noah Hawley is female. There's no way a man could have written this book. ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I love Noah Hawley. His books are quirky, end well, take awhile to get there, and the characters are strange. His storytelling is great.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to read everything Noah Hawley has ever written. Future stuff, too!
This book gave me all the feels!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, romance, chicklit
I still can't believe that Noah freaking Hawley actually wrote a book with this theme. (but it's still a pretty dark one so... I'm not surprised. That's Hawley's trademark HAHA) ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book; in many ways it reminded me of The Silver Lining Playbook: scarred people who find happiness together
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it
In the genre of "chick lit" usually characterized by poor writing, poor plots, no characters and predictable happy endings, this book definitely ranks higher than most. The premise is all too familiar. Laurie is a 30-something wedding photographer who attends countless "happy" occasions but always as an outsider, never as a participant. As the book goes on, she broadens her perspectives, tracking down couples whose weddings she photographed years ago to see what happened to them, taking pictures ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
A well-written book but it made me want to throw up. Perhaps I'm too removed from the target audience. Hawley is very talented, without question, and his more recent novels showcase his talent far more clearly. This early book is terribly flawed and - as I mentioned - at times it's barf-worthy. Fantastic dialogue, fascinating plot development, highly original expression - all great. And the fundamental concepts that drive the story are thought-provoking and interesting. But Hawley doesn't handle ...more
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't notice the author at first. (It was on the bargain table at the bookstore; cute cover, so I grabbed it.) As I read the first couple of chapters, I noted that Laurie, the main character, had an almost brusque treatment of her emotions and sexuality. It read like a book written by a man ~ and sure enough, it was. Laurie is a complicated character, an artist with a haunting past. The story unfolded through visits to her past dovetailed with her present love story. Revisiting her past was t ...more
Reader Girl
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: af
As could be evidenced by the at least 4 glaring typos I saw (e.g. using "role" for a roll of film and calling the main character's sister by the main character's name instead), this book could use more editing. The story has the components of a good novel, but it gets bogged down with the main character's self deprecation. It also bugs me that the main character is a female, while the author is male; if the main character felt more real, I wouldn't mind what sex the author was, but in this case, ...more
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Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, Critics' Choice, and Peabody Award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published four novels and penned the script for the feature film Lies and Alibis. He created, executive produced, and served as showrunner for ABC's My Generation and The Unusuals and was a writer and producer on the hit series Bones. Hawley is currently executive produc ...more

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