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…
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.46(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
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.
What People are Saying About This
"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
“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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.