The People We Hate at the Wedding

The People We Hate at the Wedding

eBook - 2017
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Relationships are awful. They'll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life. Paul and Alice's half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at "it" restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. They couldn't hate it more. The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan's mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who's recently been saying things like "monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct," while eyeing undergrads. And then there's Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna's first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she's infuriatingly kind and decent. As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you'll read this year.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250095213
1250095212
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Dandmmiller
Aug 30, 2017

Agree with the other posters - the characters are self centered and unlikable. It wasn't entertaining to read, and I ended up skimming about 3/4 of it just to be done.

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maggiepcurtis
Jul 24, 2017

I agree with the other comments. The book grabbed me at first. But as the story progresses and you get to know the characters, you realize that they are all self centered. I cared about none of these shallow people. The only reason I finished was to see if there was any salvation at the end. At least it was a relatively quick read.

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georgie104
Jul 19, 2017

I have to say this book for me was a dud. No plot, no redeeming characters. Why did I blow a free hold on this?

lindab2662 Jul 01, 2017

I usually won't pick up a book like this. Reading about snarky characters gets old, fast. But I found these characters more 3- dimensional and quirky. Yes they have some over the top situations and family issues. Whose family doesn't? Does everything get wrapped up in a neat and tidy way? No. They realize that family is family, craziness and all. And well done with the writing. The author keeps the story moving along. I couldn't wait to see what finally happened at the wedding.

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snowball9876
Jun 22, 2017

This was an agonizing read, about a very disfunctional, sick, sad family. Not humorous like I thought it would be.

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feralranger
Jun 17, 2017

I've had the experience of watching a movie that cost thousands maybe millions of dollars to make and thought to myself after watching it "Why was this made"? That is how I felt about this book. Thankfully I borrowed it free from the Library!
I thought the writing was okay and it had some funny stuff but overall I didn't think it was original. Dysfunctional family fiction abounds and the characters in this family did not appeal to me. I like it when I can connect with at least one character, feel for them, worry about them and hope the best for them. That did not happen here. The second half of the book was slightly more interesting.
I also take issue with the word hate. I mean honestly I do not hate anyone and especially am certain I would not hate anyone who attended my wedding. I have never attended a wedding that I hated any of the people there. I think hate is used to lightly. We all have people we may keep our distance from.
It is an interesting topic for a book discussion and if this book generates that kind of discussion then maybe I would give it points for that otherwise I'm going to say keep your distance!

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tracycookie
Jun 16, 2017

Never could connect with the characters. Writing style dry. Not worth finishing.

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