2.02.2006

Review: A Wedding in December



A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

I've read several of Shreve's books, and am intriqued by her prose and her stories. This one felt like a screenplay...former high school friends gather for a wedding in the Berkshires where lies unwind, romances are rekindled, and people rediscover themselves.

It was okay, but maybe the movie would have been better. I was disappointed in the "big mystery" of the story, and found Shreve's plot device of jumping from present day to a story one of the characters is writing very jarring and offputting. All in all, this was fairly unmemorable for me, though Shreve's words are beautiful as always.

Note: I listened to the audio version, narrated by Linda Emond.

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