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"Other People's Weddings isn't the lighthearted romantic comedy the title suggests. Yes, it does have romance. And yes, it does have snappy one-liners. But it also has a dark side that exposes our fears about love, trust and commitment. I loved this novel, but buyer beware: You'll ache for the heroine, even as you'll applaud her wit and indomitable spirit." -Jane Heller, author of Lucky Stars and The Secret Ingredient

"Better than a fly on the wall, Noah Hawley is a high-speed, wide-angle lens--and the portrait of American marriage he creates in OTHER PEOPLE'S WEDDINGS is sharper, darker, and infinitely more fun than anything in any leather-bound album."-Nicholas Weinstock, author of As Long As She Needs Me

With "Other People's Weddings," Noah Hawley answers the question "Can a male
writer get inside the head of an über-contemporary female protagonist?" with
a resounding yes. The forces that fueled Hawley's Paris Review story "In the
Air"--namely his attention to the intricacies and complications of modern
relationships--are at work in this charming novel.-Vandela Vida

"Oh how much cheap ink has been spilled complaining how hard it is to find the right man! As if he was an elusive pair of trendy pink heels, out of stock everywhere you shop. Finally, here's a novel about dating that doesn't pretend love is an island paradise, and recognizes that chill in the air is leaking from a shattered past we thought we'd sealed off."-Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life?


"Other People's Weddings isn't the lighthearted romantic comedy the title suggests. Yes, it does have romance. And yes, it does have snappy one-liners. But it also has a dark side that exposes our fears about love, trust and commitment. I loved this novel, but buyer beware: You'll ache for the heroine, even as you'll applaud her wit and indomitable spirit." (Jane Heller, author of Lucky Stars and The Secret Ingredient)

"Better than a fly on the wall, Noah Hawley is a high-speed, wide-angle lens--and the portrait of American marriage he creates in Other People's Weddings is sharper, darker, and infinitely more fun than anything in any leather-bound album." (Nicholas Weinstock, author of As Long As She Needs Me)

"With Other People's Weddings, Noah Hawley answers the question "Can a male writer get inside the head of an über-contemporary female protagonist?" with a resounding yes." (Vandela Vida)

"Finally, here's a novel about dating that doesn't pretend love is an island paradise, and recognizes that chill in the air is leaking from a shattered past we thought we'd sealed off." (Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life?)

About the Author

Noah Hawley is a screenwriter, filmaker and photographer. He has directed two short films for the Fox Searchlab new director development program. His first novel, A Conspiracy of Tall Men, was optioned by Paramount. Noah Hawley adapted the screenplay. He has published stories in The Paris Review. He lives in San Fransisco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312322739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312322731
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,874,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on April 15, 2009
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In the genre of "chick lit" usually characterized by poor writing, poor plots, no characters and predictable happy endings, this book definitely ranks higher than most. The premise is all too familiar. Laurie is a 30-something wedding photographer who attends countless "happy" occasions but always as an outsider, never as a participant. As the book goes on, she broadens her perspectives, tracking down couples whose weddings she photographed years ago to see what happened to them, taking pictures in divorce court, a marriage counselor's office, and finally in one preposterous scene, hanging out with a stalker.
Laurie's love interest is the stupidly-named Gilligan Ford, whose name the author mistakenly chose perhaps to suggest that "no man is an island." Both he and Laurie are damaged, lonely, unhappy people, scarred by tragedy. Can they, will they find happiness together? Can there be any doubt?
On the way to the predictable ending, various complications ensue as they must, and we discover the source of our heroine's unhappiness. Despite its faults, I did feel that this book contained a tough center where usually nothing but mush resides. The author, while an ardent advocate of married bliss, recognizes that it takes work to achieve and he also has some tart observations about the nature of our instant gratification society that lifted his story above average.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace A on November 15, 2013
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I really wanted to read this because I loved The Good Father, which I thought combined very fine writing with a good exploration of a difficult theme. We all wonder what would cause someone to assassinate a public figure and what it would be like to be the parent of that man. Hawley handled that wonderfully, and I wanted more. Unfortunately, Other People's Weddings suffers from a number of issues, beginning with the subject matter. This is a book that veers uneasily between light romantic chick lit and a serious novel about overcoming the traumas of our past. Unfortunately, like a car that blows a tire at 60 MPH, this book starts skidding early on and never recovers its path. This is clearly a book where the author thought out the plot points in advance and wrote to them, rather than letting the characters develop and the situations arise from the character development. The writing is pretty good, but lacks the assurance of The Good Father. Hawley's discursive writing style also doesn't suit the plot. The ending is too pat for the dark plot thread of people overcoming personal tragedy. A pet peeve of mine is when authors take a complex and dark concept, where any victory is going to be muted at best, and give it a "happily ever after" twist. Read The Good Father, but give Other People's Weddings and The Punch (another earlier book) a miss.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antimony3 on February 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
this book is definitely worth reading! The author does an absolutely amazing job using the feminine voice and perspective. I was very impressed! The dialogue and mental chatter that the main character Laurie has is just so raw and real. It is not at all chick lit or fluff - which is what you would probably expect given the cover design. Laurie is a jaded wedding photographer. Having suffered her own heartbreaks in life, she spends her time capturing the wedded bliss of others. She wonders what becomes of all the happy couples that she takes pictures of and she sets out to get answers. She does follow up work on her clients -- sees if they are still married 10 years later. She interviews adulterers, wife beaters, widowers, battered women, etc.. Reading this book was a look at the private pain others have endured. Sometimes life isn't happily ever after and this book sets out to show that. It's not all doom and gloom though. This book deals with finding love in hard world. Letting go of fears and continuing to believe in love; not a fairy tale love, but a real, true love that transcends the self. Highly recommended.
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By Lindsay M on September 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book randomly in barnes and noble because it was only 5$ yesterday, i finished it today. I could not put it down i really like it, it intrigued me. the cover doesnt fit the inside text very much at all, maybe that makes sense, how pictures are deceiving, and the main character hides behind her photography, distances herself frome everyone around her, and pictures are just moments frozen in time etc, which is a key point of the book. I really enjoyed the writing, and the depth the author described the character was amazing. I have bought many books based on reviews other people wrote on amazon and have yet to read past the first 50 pages of each, none of them kept my interest...but honestly this book is not one like that, i would really recommend it. Keep in mind it is dark and depressing at times, but true and honest, which is maybe why it is depressing.... i knew it was a male author and at first it freaked me out how a man could write this, it doesnt seem like it could be anyone other than a woman who can write all this, which must show something.
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Format: Hardcover
From the jacket cover, you would suspect that this is just another chick lit, rainy afternoon read. Instead of the usual mental popcorn, you instead get some questions to ponder: What is the nature of love? Do you lose the essential you when you love someone else? How do you let your barriers down to let someone in-especially when you have more baggage than a Delsey factory?

We met 37yr. old photographer Laurie in the midst of a wedding, posing the bride and groom for the best possible effect. We follow her as she begins to wonder on how the couples she has photographed over the years have fared and starts to follow up on their status. Using the medium of photography to address her inner questions, she begins not only to photograph her original clients but widowers, the "other woman", domestic abuse victims and even stackers. Along with a on again, off again romance with a wedding crasher she meets during her gigs, you watch her begin to throw off the isolation she's built around herself and re-engage with the world at large.

A lovely surprise...
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