Seventeen weddings. Six months. Only the strong survive.
Joy Silverman and her boyfriend, Gabriel Winslow, seem perfect for each other. Living together in New York City, they have everything they want and everything in common--most important, that neither one wants to get married. Ever.
But when Joy finds herself obligated to attend seventeen weddings in six months (including those of her father, mother, younger brother, and five of her closest girlfriends), the couple is forced to take a new look at why they're so opposed to marriage when the rest of the world can't wait to walk down the aisle. As the season heats up and the pressure mounts, Joy must confront what it means -- and what it costs -- to be true to one's self.
A witty, wicked comedy of manners in the satirical tradition of Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, Wedding Season is an intelligent, laugh-out-loud funny examination of friendship, faith, integrity, and the ideas and institutions that bind us together, shape our lives, and define who we are.
"If Jane Austen and Candace Bushnell were to meet for a long drink in a downtown bar, the delightful result might be a contemporary comedy of manners with a decidedly old-fashioned feel. Darcy Cosper has given us just that: a sweet and sharply funny concoction that will have bridesmaids everywhere nodding their heads in recognition." -- Dani Shapiro, author of Family History
"Wonderful....Wedding Season is social comedy on a grand scale. A hilarious and urbane primer on getting hitched-or not-in the twenty-first century." -- Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook
About the Author
Darcy Cosper is a writer and book reviewer. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, the Village Voice, Nerve, and GQ, and in the anthologies Full Frontal Fiction and the forthcoming Sex & Sensibility. She lives in Los Angeles and New York. This is her first novel.
Praise for Wedding Season…
Long after Darcy Cosper’s sure-handed Wedding Season has its irresistible way with you, you remember her people—particularly the cantankerous, vulnerable, hypersmart Joy Silverman. Cosper has a faultless ear for their talk and a sharp comic eye for their vagaries. But what ultimately sets it apart from other contemporary novels of urban manners is her tough-minded affection for [her characters] as they navigate their seductive, scary passages from full-of-beans young adulthood to fully adult life.
— author of Jernigan, Preston Falls, and The Wonders of the Invisible World
If Jane Austen and Candace Bushnell were to meet for a long drink in a downtown bar, the delightful result might be a contemporary comedy of manners with a decidedly old-fashioned feel. Darcy Cosper has given us just that: a sweet and sharply funny concoction that will have all bridesmaids everywhere nodding their heads in recognition.
— author of Family History
Everybody is doing it in this book—getting married, that is. Wedding Season is a glorious depiction of the battle between the sexes (and the same sexes); it is a gem of a novel, sparkling with heart and wit and humor.
— author of What's Not to Love?
Wonderful…Wedding Season is social comedy on a grand scale. A hilarious and urbane primer on getting hitched—or not—in the twenty-first century.
— bestselling author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook
With Wedding Season, Darcy Cosper takes on the puzzle of love with such sweet, sly, lusty, whole-hearted brilliance, the eternal questions seem newly sprung, and deeply, beautifully answered. Noel Coward would blush with pleasure.
— author of Wavemaker II
I adored Wedding Season. Not only is it a delight to read, with some of the sweetest, smart-talking characters I've encountered in a long while, it contains wonderful insights about the institution of marriage that are so revelatory I had to read them aloud to my One and Only. It's very alive, very funny, and yet quite serious at its core.
— author of Just Like Beauty
Eloquent…refreshing…an engaging meditation on life and love, independence and vulnerability, Wedding Season defies expectations and does so with humor and heart. Darcy Cosper's debut is entertaining and insightful, funny and bittersweet, and best of all, honest.
— When The Messenger Is Hot
Wedding Season is super-funny, with a dizzying confetti-toss of characters. Just when you think you'd heard it all about single girls and their marriage anxiety, Darcy Cosper comes along and, with high-energy humor, intensity, and some serious thinking, reaches deep into the subject of modern love.
— author of Hornito: My Lie Life and The Underminer
Full of crackling dialogue and astute asides, Wedding Season is a witty romp through the Manhattan social maze.
— author of What She Saw… and Why She Went Home
Wedding Season will appeal to commitment-phobes and marriage addicts alike...a fun, bittersweet twist on the typical romantic comedy.
— author of Bergdorf Blondes