Tuesday, June 24, 2008

June Brides

Here are three novels about weddings guaranteed to have you laughing or crying...maybe both!

Somebody is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch that Bouquet by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays
Written by Gayden Metcalfe and her fellow Mississippi Deltan, Charlotte Hays, this book is both a hilarious read and a real, practical resource, with recipes like sausage cheese balls and shrimp remoulade.

Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
Southerners also love weddings that are absolutely nothing like the ones they grew up with. One of the best portraits of a wedding that perfectly exemplifies its time and place is found in Philip Roth's wondrous 1959 novella, Goodbye, Columbus.

Otherwise Engaged by Suzanne Finnamore
For a more contemporary satire, go check out Suzanne Finnamore's 1999 novel, Otherwise Engaged. In it, 36-year-old protagonist Eve orchestrates getting her divorced, live-in lover Michael to propose, then spends the rest of the volume running around San Francisco freaking out about the wedding.

Happy Reading!


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