A Wedding in December, Paperback Book
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At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding.

Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband.

Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy twenty-six years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

Agnes, now a history teacher at Kidd is a woman who longs to tell a secret she cannot reveal to the others, a secret that would stun them all.

Bridget, the mother of a fifteen-year-old boy, has agreed to marry Bill, an old high school lover whom she has recently remet, despite uncertainties about her health and future.

Indeed, it is Bill who passionately wants this wedding and who has brought everyone together for an astonishing weekend of revelation and recrimination, forgiveness and redemption.

This is Anita Shreve's most ambitious and moving novel to date, probing into human motivation with extraordinary grace and skill.


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I thought this book was really contrived. I really don't think that anyone in their mid-40's could remember that many details about their high school class, and if they could, I doubt they would be that emotional about them. I have only been out of high school for about a decade now, and there's about a handful of people I still talk to. I have to try to remember details about people that I am in PICTURES with. I had a tiny wedding like the woman in the book and I can guarantee you none of those people from my high school class were invited, so I don't understand why if you were having a tiny wedding, you would bother inviting people you hadn't seen in 25-ish years! I went to college like the people in the book and that is where I met most of my close friends, in addition to my husband. Don't you think these people would have some more recent friends than people they haven't seen in two and a half decades? Getting into all the boring backstory of the boring middle-aged people in this book was pretty ho-hum. I really thought Agnes's short story was the least painful part of the book. Depressing, boring, and disappointing. And cancer. Not this Author's best, try Light on Snow.

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