Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Wedding in December, by Anita Shreve

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Read, reviewed, and released July-September, 2010

I started reading this book a few days ago, and am already more than halfway through. It is a fascinating, multi-layered novel. A group of old prep school friends gets together 27 years after graduation for the wedding of former classmates. The bride-to-be is suffering from late-stage breast cancer.

Each person in the novel has his or her own story, sometimes interlocked with one or more of the others. Present in everyone's memory is the young man who died while still a student.

A most interesting feature is the story-within-the-story - a novel one of the group is writing based on the Halifax explosion of 1917 - an event of which I had not heard. I have googled it, and found many references online, including the: Wikipedia article and: Canadian Broadcasting site

Books I like very much are given the rating of 8. This one has a 10, and I'm not even finished yet!

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