Wedding Season

Wedding Season

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by Darcy Cosper

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Seventeen weddings. Six months. Only the strong survive.

Joy Silverman and her boyfriend, Gabriel Winslow, seem perfect for each other. Living together in New York City, they have everything they want and everything in common--most important, that neither one wants to get married. Ever.

But when Joy finds herself obligated to attend seventeen weddings in


Seventeen weddings. Six months. Only the strong survive.

Joy Silverman and her boyfriend, Gabriel Winslow, seem perfect for each other. Living together in New York City, they have everything they want and everything in common--most important, that neither one wants to get married. Ever.

But when Joy finds herself obligated to attend seventeen weddings in six months (including those of her father, mother, younger brother, and five of her closest girlfriends), the couple is forced to take a new look at why they're so opposed to marriage when the rest of the world can't wait to walk down the aisle. As the season heats up and the pressure mounts, Joy must confront what it means -- and what it costs -- to be true to one's self.

A witty, wicked comedy of manners in the satirical tradition of Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, Wedding Season is an intelligent, laugh-out-loud funny examination of friendship, faith, integrity, and the ideas and institutions that bind us together, shape our lives, and define who we are.

"If Jane Austen and Candace Bushnell were to meet for a long drink in a downtown bar, the delightful result might be a contemporary comedy of manners with a decidedly old-fashioned feel. Darcy Cosper has given us just that: a sweet and sharply funny concoction that will have bridesmaids everywhere nodding their heads in recognition." -- Dani Shapiro, author of Family History

"Wonderful....Wedding Season is social comedy on a grand scale. A hilarious and urbane primer on getting hitched-or not-in the twenty-first century." -- Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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Sunday, April 1, 200-

This can't be true.

But, of course, it is. And I am, therefore, by various connections, alliances, and accidents, happy and not, for one reason or another, hereby obligated to attend seventeen weddings in the next six months.

How I've managed to avoid confronting such a state of affairs, what with save-the-date cards and engagement party announcements and solicitations for bridal shower gifts fluttering down on me for months, a blizzard of tastefully engraved handmade paper collecting in heavy cream-colored drifts around the apartment--well, it's a testament to something. My capacity for denial, probably.

See, most rituals I hate. Which is not to say that I'm not a creature of habit, because I am, in the most profound of ways; I am a walking antonym for spontaneity. This, however, should not be confused with an affection for ceremony, and particularly not for the wedding ceremony.

This afternoon was given over to one of the few rituals I don't mind: the biannual transfer of my upcoming social and professional appointments from many, many small scraps of paper to the laminated six-month calendar that I keep on the wall above my desk at work, and which I have dragged home for this purpose. It usually gives me a sort of thrill, a bracing sense of victory over the forces of chaos. Not today, though. Today my study became the site of a psychic massacre, as I plucked wedding invitation after wedding invitation from the piles of paper around my desk, and felt my anxiety mount in spectacularly direct proportion to the number of ceremonies I have promised to attend.

"Goddamn," I tell the air around my desk.

"Goddamn," I tell Francis, the elderly and long-suffering dachshund asleep on my left foot.

"Goddamn, goddamn, goddamn," I tell the nearby photographs of my mother, my father, and my younger brother, Josh, whose third, second, and first marriages, respectively, are among those requiring my attendance. I blow a kiss at the photo of my elder brother, James, who in addition to being gay is also a certified, off-the-chart commitment-phobe, and unlikely to get hitched any time soon. I'm very fond of James.

"Goddamn," I add one more time, loudly, for good measure.

"Oh, don't stop." Gabriel pokes his head into the study. "I love it when you talk dirty, Joy. Don't stop." He has smudges on his face and a feather duster in his back pocket.

"Are you aware that we have seventeen weddings to go to between now and mid-September?" I wave a handful of the offending invitations at him.

"I hadn't counted, but it makes sense." Gabe slouches against the door frame.

"Beg to differ. It's totally senseless."

"Probably just a by-product of everyone you know turning thirty. Same thing happened to me a couple of years ago."

"To this extent?"

"Well, no. Seventeen? No." Gabe shrugs. "Something like five in a year. Guess that's not quite the same, is it?"

"Not quite."

"Hey, maybe someone dosed the national water supply." He laughs. "A nation of brides. You remember that Cheever story where there's a costume party, and people are supposed to dress as they wish they were, and all the women come in their wedding dresses, and all the men come in their old football uniforms?"

"Gabe, I'm going to throw up."

"Don't do that. The bathroom is spotless." He assumes the Olympic victory pose, chest thrust out, arms raised above his head. "And the kitchen. I even defrosted the freezer."

"Truly uncommon valor. May I take you out for dinner?"

"Hero sandwiches? Veal medallions? Army bratwurst?" Gabe has an unredeemable fondness for puns, and the...

Meet the Author

Darcy Cosper is a writer and book reviewer. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, the Village Voice, Nerve, and GQ, and in the anthologies Full Frontal Fiction and the forthcoming Sex & Sensibility. She lives in Los Angeles and New York. This is her first novel.

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Wedding Season: A Comedy of Manners, Matrimony, and Seventeen Marriages in Six Months 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The author uses this book to show off her vocabulary and grammar... as for plot, story line or anything interesting that might go into a book... This seemed more like a dull attempt by a pseudo intellectual wanting to show off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was a good read. I was wanting it to end a little different but all together very happy with the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book until the end. Why do writers feel they have to give the clever ending where everyone has analyzed everything to death? Why not give the reader what they're looking for which is the idea that love instead of principles conquers all? A real disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I had to attend six weddings over the summer, I thought that this book might provide some needed amusement for a bridesmaid that also runs from the bride's bouquet. No such luck. I didn't have a problem with the ending like some readers did. I just thought the dialogue was flat and uninteresting, and the entire book left me feeling very drained. I am an avid reader, but I felt myself pushing to get to the end of the book as I hate to leave books unfinished. If you are looking for a depressing look on marriage and life in general, pick this up. If you are looking for a lighter view on bridesmaid's duty, you might try 'Always a Bridesmaid.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked it was very real, a little twisty at the end but great
Guest More than 1 year ago
To dislike a book because its ending does not fit its 'genre' seems a bit silly and narrow minded. Yes, there were parts of this story that were choppy, and dialogue that maybe fell a bit flat - but overall i enjoyed it because along with the bad there was a lot of witty and original moments. the book asked a reader to think a bit and kept a nice balance between emotion and comedy, i liked the different point of view and the range of weddings and relationships - if your looking for something funny, fresh and thoughtful this is a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was pretty good, a good summer read. It was nice to read a book about a girl who didn't want to get married compared to the hunderds of books of girls who are dying to wed. The reasons for the main character anti-ness made sense towards the end of the book, and I felt was a suprising twist. It did end kind of sad, but not really. It seems as if you can picture what would happen if the book were to continue on. All in all, different from what 'chick lit' is suppose to be, and a fun light read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, and even though the critics say that her explanation at the end didn't make sense, I believe it does. Sometimes you can't go by what you would do, but rather have to empathize with Joy's feelings. For her to sell out herself would make her miserable. I think that the ending was good, even though it was sad. She didn't sell out her own beliefs, which is refreshing because every other woman in chick lit/flick ends up doing that. I liked the humor and the style of this book so I would recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't judge this book by its cover, if you're looking for cute and easy chick lit, don't read this one. This book is very funny and witty and it made me laugh outloud, but it's also smart and serious about modern women and the ways of the modern world. It also made me cry, and it made me think! I got totally caught up in the story, especially about halfway through when it got really interesting and I couldn't stop reading it! I loved the characters, and also the ending, which at first made me sad but after some thought made me appreciate the book more because it isn't what you expect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book expecting your normal chick lit fare...and I got an unsatisfying ending as a result. This is one of the worst books that I have ever read.