True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty...and Terrible Dresses
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Vignettes from modern bridesmaids.

Writer and editor Lynch was in the midst of planning bachelorette parties and bridal showers for her sister when it dawned on her that being a bridesmaid is “one of the rare things that many women have in common by the time they turn thirty.” In this book, the author provides 60 snapshots of the experience from people as diverse as an ex-nun, a frat boy and the 13-year-old tomboy who carried Princess Diana’s 25-foot train. There’s also “The Scarlett O’Hara Look-Alike,” “The Drunk Bride’s Bridesmaid,” “The Jilted Ex” and “The Bridezilla Victim,” among others. Lynch recounts a Mormon wedding with 600 guests, a ceremony in a prison and another at Burning Man, where the bride and bridesmaid dressed alike in matching goggles and tutus. Other stories: a teenage bridesmaid who lost her virginity to the pianist at her brother’s wedding; a bride who kicked her bridesmaid out of her wedding for missing the third bridal shower; a bridesmaid who had to spend $37,000 to be in 12 weddings in three years. Weddings are always emotional times, and no one is in a better position to dish on the drama than the bridesmaid. From much of the evidence here, future brides will learn how their attendants really feel about those matching chiffon dresses. While 95 percent of bridesmaids will find something to bitch about, 100 percent are flattered to be chosen. Touching, weird and introspective stories let the reader draw her own conclusions about what it means to support a friend during one of life’s major transitions. As for the author, she confesses that her own wedding will be bridesmaid-less.

An intimate oral history of the silly, funny and lovely aspects of being a bridesmaid; readers can decide for themselves what they think about the modern wedding experience.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-250-04177-7
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Picador
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2014


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