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The Singles: A Novel
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Take an instantly recognizable social dilemma—attending a wedding alone—add a good laugh (and maybe a cry), and meet The Singles, the warm and witty debut by Boston Globe “Love Letters” columnist Meredith Goldstein.

Beth “Bee” Evans’s first vow as a bride is that everyone on her list be invited to bring a guest to her lavish, Chesapeake Bay nuptials. When Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe, and Nancy one by one decline Bee’s generous offer, the frustrated bride dubs them the “Singles,” adrift on her seating chart as well as in life.
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Meredith Goldstein. (2012). The Singles: A Novel. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Beth “Bee” Evans’s first vow as a bride is that everyone on her list be invited to bring a guest to her lavish, Chesapeake Bay nuptials. When Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe, and Nancy one by one decline Bee’s generous offer, the frustrated bride dubs them the “Singles,” adrift on her seating chart as well as in life.
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        January 30, 2012
        This debut by Boston Globe “Love Letters” columnist Goldstein chronicles the wedding of lawyer Bee Evans and Matt Fee from the viewpoints of five protagonists—dubbed “The Singles” by Bee—who each decline to bring a guest to the nuptials. The book starts out as the stale story of college friends shakily navigating adulthood—frequent flashbacks from the day of the wedding reveal trite plot points, like bridesmaid Hannah Martin’s clandestine hookup with Syracuse University buddy (and fellow Single) Rob Nutley, who proves himself a flake when he doesn’t show up at the wedding, leaving Hannah to face her old flame, Tom Keating, without the welcome distraction of Rob. Vicki Clifford, another college pal, lends Hannah support despite needing some herself. The plot picks up substantially once noncollege folks enter the mix. Forty-something Joe Evans, Bee’s uncle, is attracted to the much younger Vicki and spends the reception with her imagining a different outcome than she does. These additions transform what could have easily remained a generic slog through old friends’ unresolved love lives into a relatable tale with good momentum. Despite a few tired chick lit tropes, readers won’t regret accepting Goldstein’s invitation to mingle with these Singles. Agent: Katherine Flynn, Kneerim & Williams Agency.

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        March 15, 2012
        Five unmarried guests manage to come together--and fall apart--during an upscale wedding at a Maryland country club. Unconvinced that there is any upside to being a bridesmaid, New York City casting director Hannah nonetheless feels a sense of obligation when her dear college friend Bee requests her services. Aside from the bother of having to buy a special halter bra for the occasion, singleton Hannah is anxious about seeing her ex Tom, who will be there with his new girlfriend, a guidance counselor named Jaime. Staying with Hannah is another college friend, Vicki, a creative type with a dull corporate job in Rochester. She also has a mild case of depression that she combats with a special sunlamp she carries around in a guitar case. Vickie and Hannah's Texas friend Rob, alas, is a last-minute no show for the wedding, although his presence is missed. A laid-back underachiever with a tendency to disappoint people, Rob carries a torch for Hannah, although his only commitment is to his dog Liz, a rescue mutt with epilepsy. Through texts, he gets a play-by-play of the event, while struggling with his own mixed feelings--and a sudden emergency. To calm her pre-wedding jitters, Hannah mixes a couple of mystery pills (offered by the controlling matron-of-honor, Dawn) with alcohol, and proceeds to make a fool of herself during the inevitable confrontation with Tom, who remembers the end of their relationship far differently than she does. Inebriated as she is, Hannah catches the eye of Phil, a strapping young man who is only attending as a favor for his sick mother. And Vicki bonds with Bee's uncle Joe, a successful, divorced businessman from Las Vegas with a thing for wistful young brunettes. Funny and sad with easily identifiable characters, Boston Globe advice columnist Goldstein's debut makes the most of some very familiar scenarios. Charming wedding farce with a bit of depth.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        February 15, 2012

        The bride and groom are not the focus of this wedding novel, in which five single guests complicate the seating chart. The bride, Beth "Bee" Evans, asks her invitees to bring a partner, but these five attend on their own. Three of these singles--Hannah, Vicki, and Rob--went to college with Bee. Hannah is apprehensive about seeing her college sweetheart for the first time since he left her, while Rob, who has to follow the wedding via phone calls while caring for his sick dog, won't admit his feelings for Hannah. Vicki, meanwhile, is suffering from depression and travels to the wedding with a seasonal affective disorder light. The bride's uncle is also flying solo, although he makes every attempt to pick up a younger copilot. The fifth single, Phil, wasn't even invited; he's filling in for his mother, a friend of the groom's parents, who has taken ill and has been keeping a secret from her son. This wedding is transformative--especially for those who've chosen to decline their plus one. VERDICT This will interest fans of wedding fiction and chick lit and will have local appeal in Boston, as Goldstein is the author of the Boston Globe's "Love Letters" column.--Karen Core, Detroit P.L.

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        March 1, 2012
        The plight of the dateless wedding guest is explored with funny, if uneven, results in this debut novel, which focuses on twentysomething college friends and is written by a popular advice columnist for the Boston Globe. Hannah is a bridesmaid anxious to see her ex and his new girlfriend; her complicated, dress-specific bra is not helping. Vicki is struggling with seasonal affective disorder and an unfulfilling job. Joe, the bride's beloved black-sheep uncle, develops quite a crush on Vicki. Phil wasn't even invited to the wedding, but he goes because his sick mother asks him to. Rob RSVP'd but doesn't actually attend. The novel is narrated in alternating chapters by the characters, who go from likably neurotic to a little creepy (especially the men) and back to likable. Hannah, the hottest of the hot messes, gets the most attention, but librarians will appreciate Vicki's V. C. Andrewsinspired subplot. Some of the romantic closure at the end feels forced, but the book is smoothly written and full of funny moments that range from charming to cringe-worthy. Anyone who has gone to a wedding sans plus-one will relate.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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