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Everyone loves a wedding. The dresses, the champagne, the romance—who can resist? But for Isabella, Mary, and Lauren, weddings are no longer a special occasion. It seems like everyone they know is getting ready to the knot. Bridal shower after bridal shower they coo over toasters and eat minuscule sandwiches. Amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she’s attracted to the sleazy bartender.
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close is a witty, wry novel that perfectly captures the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.
Select Praise for Girls in White Dresses:
“Remarkably relatable…. Close’s debut is an addictive, thoughtful, slice of life.” —Entertainment Weekly
“What a delight! The young women in this hugely appealing book are charming, funny, rueful, poignant. . . . One of the freshest and most appealing new voices in fiction.” —Ann Packer
“[Close’s characters] grumble good-naturedly through their friends’ weddings and the births of their babies… with the pluck and gimlet eye of Carrie Bradshaw’s younger, smarter sisters.” —Vanity Fair
“You’ll relate, but mostly you’ll laugh as Close turns her sweet-tart wit on the dating and mating shenanigans of this tight-knit group of friends.” —Redbook
“This debut will ring bells. Wedding bells…. An uncanny portrait emerges of a time in life marked by too many hangovers, bad dates and bridal showers—as well as an abundance of solid friendships.” —People