Author: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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 indelibly marked each of their lives. Written with the fluent narrative artistry that distinguishes all of Anita Shreve's best selling novels, A Wedding in December acutely probes the mysteries of the human heart and the endless allure of paths not taken.
It was really hard for me to get into this story and I found the writing style confusing at times. The story often switched characters and also switches from past and present. I didn’t really know who to root for in this book. The summary of this novel sounded intriguing to me and I’ve heard a lot of people praising Anita Shreve’s writing, so I truly though that I would enjoy this book. I didn’t really understand what the point of the book was and what I took from it was that it’s okay to be unfaithful to your spouse as long as it makes you happy in the end. *Which I don’t agree with.* I found it disturbing that almost all of the characters in this book were involved in affairs at one point or another. There was also supposed to be a long-ago night that marked each of their lives, and this didn’t really seem that important in the story like the summary made it out to be. There was also a story within the story which was somewhat interesting, although I’m not sure of the relationship it has with the original storyline. I don’t believe it would have affected the story if it would have been removed. I also found the ending to be abrupt and I feel that it left many questions unanswered. Maybe it’s just me but I like to *know* what happens. So all-in-all I wouldn’t recommend this book unless you are just looking for something to pass the time. I didn’t hate reading this book but I do feel that it could have been *much* better. I may attempt another Shreve book in the future.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Have you read any other Anita Shreve novels? I would love to read your comments!