Friday, June 10, 2022

Eight wedding novels (four for lovers, four for haters)

Celia Laskey is the author of So Happy for You and Under the Rainbow, a finalist for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her other work has appeared in Guernica, The Minnesota Review, Day One, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of New Mexico and currently lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their dog Whiskey.

At Lit Hub Lasky tagged eight novels for "either a wedding lover who gets teary-eyed at every ceremony and hits the dance floor hard at the reception, or a wedding hater who begrudgingly buys plane tickets, bristling at the disturbing sameness of most weddings." One of the titles for a wedding lover:
Leah Hager Cohen, Strangers and Cousins

Like many of the books in the “wedding haters” section, this novel focuses on a dysfunctional family, but in this case it’s a charming one. Yes, they may be dysfunctional, but they also love each other and try their best. When the novel opens, Bennie and Walter are preparing to host the queer, interracial wedding of their eldest daughter Clem at their ramshackle house. Thankfully, none of the drama in the book comes from the queer interracial aspect of the wedding, but instead a secret from the past and a controversy in the small town. Despite these doses of drama, it’s a very quirky, sweet book that will leave you feeling hopeful.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Strangers and Cousins.

--Marshal Zeringue