Seating Arrangements

Seating Arrangements

Book - 2012
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A deliciously absorbing social comedy, set on an exclusive island off Cape Cod, that tracks a catastrophic three-day wedding weekend with an irresistible mix of wit and tenderness - a pitch-perfect debut (and a wicked pleasure) from a hugely talented young writer. A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Maggie Shipstead was recently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and has studied with Tobias Wolff and Marilynne Robinson.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307599469
Characteristics: ix, 301 pages ;,25 cm.

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tegan
Oct 25, 2015

I listened to this as an audiobook. It was, well, a bit ridiculous, but entertaining for a couple long drives.

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DixieWesterlin
Jul 30, 2014

I actually really enjoyed this first time author's book. It made me laugh, shocked me at times, & I thought it was superior writing. I like books like that are different and this was.

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hotdice
May 03, 2014

There is a lot of mixed reviews of this novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. In some instances it had an Updikean feel to it. A great first novel by a splendid craftsperson. Put this on your summer reading list. I was so glad that this novel did not devolve into ChicLit or Romance. Also it was helpful not to have any smartphones, texting or social media escapades that litter so many novels these days with tiresome details.

JCLKinsleyR Apr 02, 2014

Wonderful tale of all the entanglements of family, friends, relationships, ages, divorces, marriages...wow, it's all there.

oO_Oo Aug 30, 2013

A boring, tiresome book with a bunch of morally bankrupt characters. I felt like putting my head in the oven afterwards, especially given that I used up my valuable reading time on this. There is not much time in life and there are much better books.

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

Weddings are often a time of family and personal reflection. It is difficult interacting under pressure, mixing new families with old—as Winn Van Meter discovers during the three days before his daughter’s wedding. The book is filled with funny misbehaviours and social situations. As you read the verbal exchanges, you keep hoping that, as the action rolls on, someone will wise up before the conversation ends in a way that is not as uproariously hilarious to the characters as it is to readers. A great social satire.

jeanner222 Nov 09, 2012

Our story takes place over the course of three days, as a WASP-y family, the Van Meters, prepares for daughter Daphne’s wedding day. Daphne’s odd family includes: her father, Winn, a man obsessed with social status and appearances and sister Livia, recently dumped and agonizing over an aborted pregnancy.

Pregnant Daphne and groom Greyson are not the focus of our attention. Instead, readers are treated to the antics of their families and the wedding party. Sex, an exploding whale, and a broken finger are a few highlights.

Touted as “hilarious,” this novel does nothing for me. It is not funny. Characters are repellent. Situations are uninteresting. Blah.

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DianeLind2746
Aug 21, 2012

Rarely have I read a book where I could not find one redeeming quality in any of the characters! Well written but exasperating.

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