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on 13 August 2001
If you don't fancy the idea of marriage (just now or ever) yet you have friends/relatives urging you to do so, seemingly for the sake of it, then give them a copy of this book and ensure that they read it.
If this doesn't change their minds, then you may want to dig that 'mad-money' out from the mattress and run like hell.
This is one of those books where the conclusion is at the beginning, with the remainder of the book detailing the events that led up to the climax of the story.
The book describes the events leading up to the wedding of Solomon Beneviste and Allison Pennybaker. He is Jewish and she is Catholic, which is where the problems begin - not for them, but for their respective families.
It is written as a set of short chapters, each being an excerpt from the diary of one of ethe three women in the book (the bride, her mother and the grooms mother). Someone (the author? the publisher?) decided to allocate a different typeface to alternate chapters, so it is obvious when there is a change of narrator.
Like all good books, this one makes you think - who exactly benefits from the large and elaborate weddings that are organized for those couples who choose a 'traditional' marriage ceremony?
A quirky book and nothing like the other book of his that I have read (Hell on Wheels), but an interesting read nonetheless. The short chapters also ensure that it is easy to pick up and put down at short notice.
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