Girls in White Dresses

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Doubleday Canada, Aug 9, 2011 - Weddings - 304 pages
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Brimming with characters you feel you've known forever,Girls in White Dressesannounces a strikingly original new voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected joys of modern life.

Isabella, Mary and Lauren's friend Kristi is engaged and they are all bridesmaids. Despite being happy for their friend, by the sixth shower they are really sick of celebrating her. Saturday after Saturday they coo over toaster ovens and deep fat fryers. They collect wrapping paper and ribbons, tying them to paper plates. But beneath the toasting and clapping, we see these women struggling amid the celebration. Isabella dreams of quitting her job at a mailing list company, where she's both extremely successful and wildly unhappy. Mary falls deeply in love, realizing too late that her new mother-in-law is really her husband's favorite. And Lauren, single and adrift, finds herself drawn to a man she's pretty sure she hates.

Wry, hilarious, and utterly recognizable,Girls in White Dressesfollows these women as they maneuver their way through blind dates and ski vacations, boozy lunches and family holidays, through relationships lost to politics and others found in a pet store.

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User Review  - SaraEllen - LibraryThing

I read this book for book club. I was initially very excited to begin this book, as a perpetual bridesmaid myself I thought I'd be able to relate to these characters. And I did....kind of. Dealing ... Read full review

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

Isabella, Mary, and Lauren have been best friends for most of their lives. They had initially met in college and later discovered that they had quite a bit more in common with each other than they had ... Read full review


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JENNIFER CLOSE was born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago. She received an MFA in creative writing from The New School in 2005. She's worked for several magazines includingThe New Yorker,Vogue, andCondé Nast Portfolio. She's been referred to as a professional bridesmaid, serving eleven different brides in the past seven years. In this role she has iced the hives of a nervous bride, spray tanned the legs of the mother of the bride, and ripped three dresses while dancing. She now lives in Washington, D.C.

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