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October 19, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Wedding in December

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anita Shreve
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Fiction
We gave it a C

The latest novel from best-selling author Anita Shreve (Light on Snow) chronicles a weekend in the life of seven fortysomething high school chums who gather at a scenic mountain B&B to celebrate the nuptials of one of their own. Inn owner and new widow Nora presides over the affair, which quickly devolves into a flurry of woulda-coulda-shouldas among the angst-filled group as they fret over a lifetime of missed romantic opportunities. The book stalls whenever Agnes, the teacher, sits down to write (we read the fruits of her labor). In the end, A Wedding in December‘s characters — specifically the married Harrison, who manages to bed his long-lost lust, Nora — represent the perfect union of selfish, unlikable souls.

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