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"This book made me laugh and made my heart hurt, and I loved the experience of reading it." - Smart Bitches Trashy Books
"A talent to watch in the world of LGBT fiction." - Seattle Gay News


"Extremely funny... Think David Sedaris, only a romance novel."  Sarah's Shelf
"There are so many things that worked in this novel that this little review cannot possibly cover them all.  Highly, highly recommended." Reviews by Jessiewave


"Ken O'Neill puts plenty of humor and quirky characters in his engaging story." Smexy books
"Ken O'Neill has quite a hit with this funny and sweet look at love, relationships, family and marriage and you do not want to miss it by any means. RUN, don't walk, to get a copy." Reviews by Amos Lassen


"With its timely, provocative premise, fabulous characters, and a
wonderfully wry, sly narrative, THE MARRYING KIND is bound to launch
debut novelist Ken O'Neill on a stellar career path!"
-- Wendy Markham - New York Times bestselling author


"THE MARRYING KIND is that rare novel that both prods and applauds our most valuable resource: love. Ken O'Neill makes you laugh, think, and get mad as hell--all within just a few pages. If you believe in hard-won, human romance, this is the book that levels the playing field."
-Doug Crandell, author of  The Flawless Skin of Ugly People 

About the Author

Ken O’Neill was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to an Irish Catholic father and a Romanian Orthodox mother, which means that most years he had the good fortune to receive Easter candy not just once but twice.

Ken lives in New York City with his partner and their two cats. When he’s not checking his Amazon rating to see if anyone has purchased his book, he enjoys reading, dancing (though usually when no one is watching), and eating dark chocolate, purely for medicinal reasons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602826706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602826700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken O'Neill's novel, THE MARRYING KIND won the 2012 Rainbow Award for best debut. It won the 2013 Independent Publisher Award Silver Medal for LGBT fiction and was a finalist for the 2013 International book award in the Gay and Lesbian fiction category. The book was also included on Smart Bitches Trashy Books list of top three favorite books of 2012.

Ken lives in NYC with his partner and their two cats. When he's not checking his Amazon rating to see if anyone has purchased his book, he enjoys reading, dancing (though usually only when no one is watching) and eating dark chocolate, purely for medicinal reasons.

Also a marriage rights activist and blogger, see what Ken has to say at: www.themarryingkind.org

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tyra on May 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the debut novel from Ken O'Neill and I for one can't wait for the next. With his mix of humor and realism it has a very autobiographical feel to it that can't help but draw you in and make you want more.

What do you do when you have made a decision not to have anything to do with hetero weddings, and then your sister announces she is getting married? Not only is she getting married but she is marrying the brother of your life partner and has always been supportive to you? Do you go back on your convictions and attend this one wedding, or stand by them and possibly lose everything?

Adam is a successful wedding planner in the throes of the wedding season when a series of events finally pushes him too far. He has been in a committed relationship with Steven for over 6 years and not only doesn't the country or state he lives in recognize it, sometimes even his family doesn't. He is mad as Hell and he isn't going to take it anymore!

Steven writes a column for The Gay New York Times and he was quite the activist while in college but has become rather complacent since then. When he writes a column to support his partners ban on weddings and calls on all others in the GLBT community to do the same he has no idea of the chain of events it's going to set off.

The duo are the heroes of the gay community and are riding high until Adam's sister announces she is marrying Steven's brother. When they refuse to not only plan but even attend, step back because the family fireworks are about to begin!

I LOVED this story.

I felt like I was sitting in a room with Mr. O'Neill and listening to him tell me the story of his family, and even though I have never met or spoken to him I feel very confident it was his voice I was hearing in my head.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RTS on June 13, 2013
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This is not normally a book I would read, but after the amazing review on SmartB*tches, TrashyBooks blog, I had to get it.

We are introduced to Adam, a successful wedding planner, and Steven, his parter who writes for The Gay New York Times. As Steven narrates, we learn of Adam's growing frustration with planning weddings when he can never have one, and revolts with the help of Steven, writing columns around boycotting weddings as workers and attendees. It gets tumultuous when their siblings get engaged to each other.

I was laughing out loud with Steven as he described his relationship with his mother, crying with him over his inability to talk to his brother after he said he wasn't attending the wedding, and hoping beyond measure that all the Adam and Steve's would be able to marry.

When my g-uncles came to my wedding 11 years ago, it didn't occur to me that it would be hard for them to attend, even though they had been together longer than my fiancé and I had been, at the time. This past year, they said they would get married as soon as DOMA was decided on by the Supreme Court. We were thrilled! Unfortunately, we are still waiting and hoping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Maher on May 15, 2013
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Think of the most charming, loving, slightly neurotic couple you know and they can't hold a candle to these two guys. The message is powerful: marriage between two loving men or women must be recognized in all fifty of our states. The story is engaging. And the nutty Romanian narrator will make you laugh. I closed this book with a smile on my face. Delightful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivy on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
People use the acronym "LOL" all the time, but they usually don't mean it. I laughed out loud twice while reading this book. (Once on the subway, which was mildly embarrassing.) It is THAT funny. Once was a sex joke, and once was a Rosa Parks joke, which gives you the idea of the breadth of the humor in this book. Some of the funny bits are silly and cute. For example, the main characters in this novel are called Adam and Steve (ok, it's actually "Steven," but still) and no one in the book ever refers to that fact. It's a complete throwaway joke. Other funny bits are quite dark, poignant, and Woody Allenish, especially the descriptions of the protagonist's kooky Romanian mother. I also particularly liked all the classic movie references.

The Marrying Kind is light and fluffy, like a beach read (think Marian Keyes) and yet at the same time is a searing look at inequality and bigotry in our modern life. I was fascinated at the way the story deftly walks the delicate tightrope between flippant and serious. In a nutshell, the book is about a Manhattan wedding planner and his boyfriend who decide that they're going to boycott all weddings until marriage equality is enacted in the USA---but then some family members get engaged. The characters are very real and sympathetic, especially the witty but neurotic protagonist Steven. The pacing is nice, and there are a lot of reversals, so that I was kept guessing until the end whether Steven and Adam would attend the family wedding. This is an incredibly accessible and non-threatening way to present a "social issue." I think even casual straight readers who have never given a thought to gay people will a) be entertained and b) be provoked into thinking about marriage equality (aka "gay marriage.")
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Papagena on June 23, 2013
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It's a very entertaining book: sometimes funny, sometimes can make you cry.
I read about this book on a romantic blog, but it's not really a romantic novel, because the main characters are a couple from the beginning.
A journalist and a wedding planner suddenly realised that doing so is like collaborating with the enemy. Why don't we boicott straight weddings until they recognize our right to get married? Well, it's a good option to avoid weddings of people you dislike, but it can be a problem if your brother or sister is getting married.
I really loved the main characters. I understood them perfectly, and I felt very proud that in my country, Spain, with so many things to be ashamed of -corruption, dishonesty, the great differences between rich and poor people- at least has this important thing: you can get married, it doesn't matter the sex of the those who want to say 'I do!'. Gay marriage has been recognized since 2005 and, hey! now we have something to be proud of. Eight years afterwards, you realize that it has been accepted by the majority with no problem.
Part of the funny thing is the family relationships, all the Romanian part is so similar to our Spanish culture... The mother is amazing. IMO, she could perfectly be Spanish or Italian or Greek, as well.
I was afraid sometimes, was the story going to be slushy? Sentimental? It was irritating that nobody straight for a moment thought about their feelings, they did not try to view things from the boys' POV, nobody but the mother of course.
Anyway, I shouldn't have worried.
The end was perfect, with dignity and very romantic.
An A + book, indeed.
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