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A Catered Affair

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A novel about a jilted bride who's about to discover that not marrying the wrong man can sometimes lead you to the right one.

When Tallulah gets jilted at the altar, she gets very drunk and starts making passes at the male wedding guests. She even propositions the caterer. But in the next few weeks, reality comes crashing down around her. Her difficult mother becomes more impossible than ever. Her lesbian sister starts trying to have a baby. Nana Ida gets busy matchmaking. What...

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Overview


A novel about a jilted bride who's about to discover that not marrying the wrong man can sometimes lead you to the right one.

When Tallulah gets jilted at the altar, she gets very drunk and starts making passes at the male wedding guests. She even propositions the caterer. But in the next few weeks, reality comes crashing down around her. Her difficult mother becomes more impossible than ever. Her lesbian sister starts trying to have a baby. Nana Ida gets busy matchmaking. What Tallulah is about to discover is that happiness doesn't always come in the form of the perfect doctor- and that sometimes real love doesn't require a catered affair.

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The latest in Margolis's Brit-chick-lit cadre (after last year's Perfect Blend) finds lawyer Tallulah Roth jilted at the altar by a nice Jewish doctor with a history of commitment problems. Tallulah gets help licking her wounds from two men: old flame Hugh Marshall, a serious sort whose career ambitions got in the way of lasting love, and Kenny, the handsome caterer of her embarrassment. Though sparks are evident between Tallulah and Kenny, class differences and Tallulah's snobbery get in the way of romance. Add to this a hard-luck friend whose desperate stab at literary fame actually pays off; an 84-year-old Jewish grandmother who remembers the war; and an Iranian activist facing deportation and you have a breezy effort not afraid to take on weighty subjects like WWII and Judaism (though the deportation plot feels tangential at best). Will Tallulah finally reconcile her attractions with her prejudices? You bet, and it's a pity that her arc turns on contrivances built upon aphorisms that are all but weightless. Margolis finds recurring humor in a character with Tourette's who blurts out catchphrases from popular cartoons, a familiar bit of levity that nonetheless actively punctuates all the leaden exposition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451233356
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 924,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Margolis was a radio reporter for 15 years before turning to novel writing. This is her ninth book.
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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Nice story but somewhat lacking.

    Review by Stacey:As a certified foodie and someone who grew up in the food/catering business, "A Catered Affair" seemed right up my alley! As a former New Yorker, the blurb on the back of the book made it feel as if this story was taking place in New York. It doesn't; it takes place in London. So once I got on board with where we were, I curled up on the couch and settled in to read.

    From the very opening of the book, I went from being intrigued to annoyed to laughing out loud. This book is not boring. I loved that Tally went ahead and had her reception. I don't know if I would have the courage to face all of those guests offering condolences while I sat there in my satiny white dress!

    Tally goes through such a transformation and most of her issues - besides getting left at the altar - all seem to stem from her relationship with her now-dead father. She is still trying to meet his expectations and at times it didn't make her very likable.

    There is so much going on in this book and I became frustrated with the disproportion of what scenes the author gave great detail to and which ones she chose to sort of gloss over. There was so much build up to Tally figuring out what makes her happy and those last few chapters just seemed rushed and didn't have a lot of emotion to them.

    Personally, I enjoy a story where the character's emotions are looked at and dissected a little bit. This book didn't do a great job with that. As for romance? There was definitely a romantic storyline here but it got lost in the sub-plots at times. It's a nice story of family and relationships but there were too many characters for me to form any connection to.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    I don't think I have ever read a book by Sue Margolis that I hav

    I don't think I have ever read a book by Sue Margolis that I haven't just cracked up throughout the story.  She is one of my go to authors and this one is no exception.

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