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“Anyone who's ever attended a wedding solo, will feel an immediate kinship with the five, wonderfully complicated characters of The Singles. Meredith Goldstein's witty prose follows these guests as they gather to celebrate, reunite with friends, drink too much, dance inappropriately, worry about their careers, struggle with jealousy, and negotiate family dynamics. This book is full of dark humor and heart, and you won't want to put it down.” -Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses

"For anyone who has found herself hitting a wedding solo, Meredith Goldstein's The Singles is a charming debut novel--and a thoroughly enjoyable plus one." -Laura Dave, author of The First Husband and The Divorce Party

“Realistic and romantic by turns, The Singles totally captures the alienated feeling you get when you're stuck at a wedding without a date--and the accompanying hope that maybe you'll meet someone special there. This novel is a sheer delight.” -Claire LaZebnik, author of Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts

"This smart, witty debut takes the original approach of turning the spotlight on five people who attend a wedding alone. As it turns out, these vivid, endearing characters have the very best stories to tell." -Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls

“A relatable tale with good momentum . . . [R]eaders won't regret accepting Goldstein's invitation to mingle with these singles." -Publishers Weekly

“Charming . . . Funny and sad with easily identifiable characters.” -Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452298059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
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Twenty-nine year old attorney Beth Eleanor Evans (Bee) is preparing for her upscale wedding to Matt Fee, which is scheduled to take place in two days at a country club in Annapolis, Maryland. The unattached people who are scheduled to attend are "The Singles" in Meredith Goldstein's seriocomic novel about the lives, loves, and tribulations of Hannah Martin, Rob Nutley, Vicki Clifford, Joe Evans, and an uninvited guest named Phil MacGowan, a stand-in for his ailing mother, Nancy.

Each single has a back story. Hannah, a New York-based casting director, still pines for the boyfriend who got away. Rob was once close to Hannah, but he now lives in Austin, where he works at the University of Texas library and writes free-lance book reviews. Vicki is chronically depressed and has a tedious but lucrative job in Rochester as an interior designer for a supermarket chain. Phil, who is in his late thirties, is still overly attached to his mother. Joe, Bee's uncle, is divorced, in his forties, and likes to dally with younger women.

"The Singles" has a number of scenes in which Hannah and company drink excessively, pop pills, and use profane language. They make spectacles of themselves, yearn for the unattainable, and fail to take responsibility for their actions. The good-hearted Bee cares about them, but when her wedding day arrives, she will have reason to regret her decision to include them in the festivities.

This is a mildly humorous, but ultimately dispiriting work of fiction about men and women who, like Peter Pan, are emotionally childlike. Goldstein gives each single his or her own chapters during which we learn a bit more about their disappointments, fears, and hopes.
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The Singles is an entertaining look into the lives of what I like to call "the forgotten guests" - the single attendees of a wedding! Following the stories of multiple characters, and seeing how their lives inevitable intertwine, provides readers with a hopeful - and blunt - examination of family, friendships and love.

I gave The Singles 4 out of 5 stars only because upon finishing the book, I was left wanting more. I was eager to find out how things turned out in the lives of the characters I'd just grown to know. However, true to her realistic and unique voice, Goldstein refrains from tying up the lives of her characters in a perfect bow. Their future is left to the reader's imagination...or hopefully a second book!
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I enjoyed this lighthearted tale of singles converging at a mutual friend's wedding. Having been in this position more than once during my lifetime, I could relate to how difficult the position can be. In the promotional material received with this novel, The Singles was likened to the movie Bridesmaids, but I couldn't see that much of a connection really. It wasn't nearly as funny, so I might have been a bit disappointed in that respect after reading this comparison. Overall, though, I really liked all the complicated and confused characters but unfortunately I felt we didn't get to see enough of them.

I really wished this novel was longer. It took over 100 pages to be introduced to each character as it was told from their individual perspectives and much of that was back story about how they all met or knew each other or grew apart before they actually arrived at the wedding. I knew as soon as I hit this point that The Singles would be too short as there were only 140 pages left for something monumental to actually happen. Because there were so many people and so few pages devoted to each that I didn't feel like the novel captured enough of each character and I found myself wanting more from each of them. I wanted to get to know them better and see more interactions and events to occur between them than actually did.

I loved that the singles were a variety of ages which gave different perspectives and stories. The characters weren't caricatures either. They were each unique with unusual, quirky issues and interactions and I liked how the wedding gave them all perspective about their lives and the impetus to move on or in a new direction.
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The Singles is the incredibly well-written debut novel by Meredith Goldstein. This is not just a story about a wedding. It's more than just chick lit.

The Singles is an absorbing tale with characters that draw you in to a weekend of adventure, vulnerability, and learning. Whether you're single, or in a relationship, this book is a must-read that will leave you wanting more.
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In Annapolis, bride to be Beth Eleanor "Bee" Evans works on placing the singles at a tables who are attending her wedding to Matt Fee. She considers where to seat Vicki, Hannah, Rob, Joe and Nancy.

New York based casting director Hannah is upset as she hoped her first lover Rob would help her through the weekend of seeing her second lover Tom for the first time since he dumped her. Instead she turns to Vicki as Rob is staying in Austin with his epileptic dog Liz. Bee's divorced with child Uncle Joe knows his sister-in-law Donna does not want him at the wedding; when he sees Rochester based grocery store interior decorator Vicki, he thinks she is the woman he had sex with in Reno; while she carries a guitar case containing her social affective disorder lamp. Widow Nancy sends her son Camden Yards security chief Phil to attend the marriage. The dynamics of the Singles will shake the wedding weekend.

The escapades of the Singles at the wedding reception are fun to follow with an engaging rotating viewpoint. However, the prime ensemble cast is underdeveloped so some of their aberrant behavior like taking a pill from a stranger or jumping the bones of someone you just met is hard to gauge in full context of who they are and prevents readers from caring for the characters. Still the evolution of the Singles over that weekend is an enjoyable character driven tale as each of the quintet begins to move on with their lives.

Harriet Klausner
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