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A Wedding in Great Neck

A Wedding in Great Neck

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by Yona Zeldis McDonough
     
 

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The Silverstein family is coming together in Great Neck, Long Island, for the nuptials of the youngest daughter. Always considered the favorite—and the object of much envy and resentment—Angelica has planned a fairy tale wedding to her fiancé, a former fighter pilot. But there are storm clouds on the horizon.

Gretchen, Angelica’s

Overview

The Silverstein family is coming together in Great Neck, Long Island, for the nuptials of the youngest daughter. Always considered the favorite—and the object of much envy and resentment—Angelica has planned a fairy tale wedding to her fiancé, a former fighter pilot. But there are storm clouds on the horizon.

Gretchen, Angelica’s sister, is dealing with a failed marriage and her moody teenage daughter Justine. One brother is a callous businessman while the other is struggling with his search for love and a career. Her mother is in a battle of wills with the wedding planner, while her father, a recovering alcoholic, struggles to confront his ex-wife’s lavish new life in the Long Island manor of her dreams. And her grandmother Lenore has decided it’s high time to take charge and set her grandchildren on their proper paths.

Then an impulsive act by Justine puts the entire wedding at risk and brings the simmering family tensions to the boiling point. Before vows are exchanged, this day will change more than one life forever…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Family get-togethers gone wrong are fertile ground for dramatic fun, but McDonough (Breaking the Bank) fails to deliver anything better than a frustrating mess. Angelica, the 30-year-old baby of the Silverstein family, has invited her entire clan to attend her wedding to Ohad, an ex-fighter pilot, in Great Neck, Long Island. Unfortunately, not every member of the Silverstein family can be counted on to show decorum. Angelica’s estranged father is a ne’er-do-well recovering alcoholic; her brother Caleb is introducing his boyfriend, Bobby, to the family for the first time; her sister, Gretchen, is currently separated from her husband, Ennis, who’s also RSVP’d; and Gretchen and Ennis’s emotionally disturbed teenage daughter, Justine, is plotting to seduce Ohad and stop the wedding at all costs. As these volatile ingredients approach a boil, Angelica wonders if the event she’s planned so long for will ever come to pass. Readers will wonder as well when this plodding melodrama will get to its point. McDonough invites too many to the party; it’s hard to care about any of them. Agent: Judith Ehrlich. (Oct.)
Caroline Leavitt
“In prose as sparkling as a champagne toast, McDonough’s delicious new novel gathers together one extraordinary wedding, two complicated families, and then shows how a single day can change everything.  A funny, moving look at the bonds of love, the ties of family, and the yearning for happily ever after.”
From the Publisher
“In prose as sparkling as a champagne toast, McDonough’s delicious new novel gathers together one extraordinary wedding, two complicated families, and then shows how a single day can change everything.  A funny, moving look at the bonds of love, the ties of family, and the yearning for happily ever after.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of PICTURES OF YOU

"A touching, airy novel that manages to meld concerns of family members spanning four generations into a delightfully well-written story. Readers who enjoy Mary Kay Andrews and Nora Roberts will relate to the Silverstein family as it embraces the deep wells of emotion that seem to surface only at major family events. With an authorial voice that switches deftly between impulsive teen-speak and a stately matriarch's flashbacks, McDonough's skill is to be commended. A tender, clever story with emotional heft."—Booklist

"A funny, moving look at the bonds of love, the ties of family, and the yearning for happily ever after." —New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt

"A confection that is not only a page turner but a poignant view of family life...Book clubs will swoon." —New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani

"A wise and witty novel...McDonough limns the ups and downs of family life with a grace that brings to mind Cathleen Schine at her best." —Megan McAndrew, author of Dreaming in French

"Spirited, entertaining, and a delight to read...a penetrating glimpse into the lives of one particular family." —Lucy Jackson, author of Posh

"Emotional and evocative, hilarious and harrowing...a must-read for every mother and daughter who've ever dreamed of, fought over, and loved each other through a wedding day." —New York Times bestselling author Pamela Redmond Satran

"A playful yet touching parsing of the tugs and tangles of familial bonds...exploring contemporary suburban turf with an anthropologist's sharp eye."—Sally Koslow, author of Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest

"An interesting take on the wedding novel that doesn’t place the bride and groom at the center. Fans of women’s fiction about weddings and family drama are sure to enjoy."—Library Journal

Library Journal
The day of Angelica Silverstein's wedding to her fiancé, Ohad, proves more eventful for the bride's family, who are the focus of McDonough's (Breaking the Bank) novel, than for the happy couple. Gretchen, Angelica's sister, is surprised on the morning of the wedding to discover that her estranged husband, Ennis, has decided to attend. Ennis arrives with the intention of mending things with Gretchen, but healing their deeply fissured relationship may prove to be an insurmountable challenge. Ennis and Gretchen's daughter, Justine, has ominous plans for the day, which include sabotaging the wedding. Lincoln, the bride's divorced father, has a reputation as a ne'er-do-well, but events conspire to redeem him before the wedding even begins. Meanwhile, the bride's grandmother, Lenore, keeps an eye on all her family members, doing her best to solve the brewing problems before they can boil over. VERDICT An interesting take on the wedding novel that doesn't place the bride and groom at the center. Fans of women's fiction about weddings and family drama are sure to enjoy.—Karen Core, Detroit P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101607701
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
520,390
File size:
837 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"A touching, airy novel that manages to meld concerns of family members spanning four generations into a delightfully well-written story. Readers who enjoy Mary Kay Andrews and Nora Roberts will relate to the Silverstein family as it embraces the deep wells of emotion that seem to surface only at major family events. With an authorial voice that switches deftly between impulsive teen-speak and a stately matriarch's flashbacks, McDonough's skill is to be commended. A tender, clever story with emotional heft."—Booklist

"A funny, moving look at the bonds of love, the ties of family, and the yearning for happily ever after." —New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt

"A confection that is not only a page turner but a poignant view of family life...Book clubs will swoon." —New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani

"A wise and witty novel...McDonough limns the ups and downs of family life with a grace that brings to mind Cathleen Schine at her best." —Megan McAndrew, author of Dreaming in French

"Spirited, entertaining, and a delight to read...a penetrating glimpse into the lives of one particular family." —Lucy Jackson, author of Posh

"Emotional and evocative, hilarious and harrowing...a must-read for every mother and daughter who've ever dreamed of, fought over, and loved each other through a wedding day." —New York Times bestselling author Pamela Redmond Satran

"A playful yet touching parsing of the tugs and tangles of familial bonds...exploring contemporary suburban turf with an anthropologist's sharp eye."—Sally Koslow, author of Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest

"An interesting take on the wedding novel that doesn’t place the bride and groom at the center. Fans of women’s fiction about weddings and family drama are sure to enjoy."—Library Journal

Caroline Leavitt
“In prose as sparkling as a champagne toast, McDonough’s delicious new novel gathers together one extraordinary wedding, two complicated families, and then shows how a single day can change everything.  A funny, moving look at the bonds of love, the ties of family, and the yearning for happily ever after.”

Meet the Author

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of Two of a Kind, her soon-to-be released fifth novel, a second-chance-at-love story between a seemingly mismatched widow and widower. To read the first chapter, arrange a book club visit, or just to say hi, please contact Yona via her website or her Facebook fan pages, which she hopes you'll "like."

Yona’s fourth novel, A Wedding in Great Neck, was described as, “A confection that is not only a page-turner but a poignant view of family life...” by Adriana Trigiani and Booklist added, “McDonough has assembled a touching, airy novel that manages to meld the concerns of family members spanning four generations into a delightfully well-written story…With an authorial voice that switches deftly between impulsive teen-speak and a stately matriarch’s flashbacks, McDonough’s skill is to be commended. A tender, clever story with emotional heft.” A Wedding in Great Neck will soon appear in Norway.

Yona is also an award-winning children’s book author with twenty-two books to her credit and has been the Fiction Editor at Lilith Magazine for over a dozen years. She lives with her husband, two children and small yappy dogs in Brooklyn, New York.

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A Wedding in Great Neck 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I read a novel with so many neurotic, maladjusted, self-absorbed characters. I didn't really like or feel empathy for any of them, except the grandmother. Spoiler alert: you probably won't like the ending--I certainly didn't.
lvillarhauser More than 1 year ago
I loved "A Wedding in Great Neck." I found its characters fascinating and their situations heartbreaking and funny. And the wedding! So happy the author allowed me to crash -- not only the dance floor and elegant garden tent, but upstairs behind the doors of the family mansion, where the pain and secrets are kept. A family's story brought to beautiful, brilliant life with a hopeful, wonderfully poignant conclusion. You'll love it.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A book with true characters within a crazy family that is on high alert because it is a wedding where emotions are at the extreme and I loved every minute of it. Some books have too much crazy within their characters, but this family of characters were spot on they made me shake my head and laugh on the same page. With four generations all under the same roof the drama was bound to happen and it does!
GMurphy604 More than 1 year ago
A truly compelling read. "A Wedding In Great Neck" grabs you from the first page with characters that have a depth not often found in contemporary fiction -- from the newly-separated, older sister Gretchen, to her struggling father Lincoln, to the beautifully-realized, sympathetic grand dame Lenore. With a miniaturist's eye for detail, the author brings the "big day" at a palatial Long Island home to vivid, tumultuous life. A Wedding In Great Neck" is vintage champagne poured with a sure and knowing hand. First-rate.