Seating Arrangements is now available in paperback with a brand new cover.
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf; 320 pages; $25.95).
There are weddings, and then there are weddings. Destination weddings. Weekend weddings. Lavish weddings. Small weddings. Weddings where drunken bridesmaids sleep with equally inebriated groomsmen. Even Shotgun weddings where no one has to guess “is she or isn’t she?” The wedding of Daphne Van Meter features a little of all of the above in Maggie Shipstead’s strong, hilarious debut novel Seating Arrangements, part social satire and part serious examination of a man’s mid-life crisis.
Shipstead is a California girl who sets her story on an exclusive New England island. Although a wedding occurs in her tale, Shipstead’s story is not really about the ceremony itself; Shipstead is concerned with the events and details that lead up to the big day.
Daphne’s wedding is the social event of the season. Daphne, though, can lie back on her beach towel and…
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