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Seating Arrangements | [Maggie Shipstead]

Seating Arrangements

The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the New England island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to an impeccably appropriate young man. The weekend is full of lobster and champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust seep through the cracks in the revelry.
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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller and winner of the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize and 2012 L.A. Times First Novel Prize.

The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the New England island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to an impeccably appropriate young man. The weekend is full of lobster and champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust seep through the cracks in the revelry.

Winn Van Meter, father-of-the-bride, has spent his life following the rules of the east coast upper crust, but now, just shy of his sixtieth birthday, he must finally confront his failings, his desires, and his own humanity.

©2013 Maggie Shipstead (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

”Joyously good” (Daily Mail)

”A ferociously clever comedy of manners” (Guardian)

”Distinctive and dazzling … The world has found a remarkable, humane new voice to explain us to ourselves” (Allison Pearson)

”A wise, sophisticated and funny novel about family, fidelity, class and crisis” (Marie Claire Books of 2012 – Telegraph Books of 2012 – Sunday Express)

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    ABERYSTWYTH, United Kingdom
    7/13/13
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    "could be a good story but narrator gets in the way"
    Would you recommend Seating Arrangements to your friends? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately not this audio version, maybe another or try reading it yourself


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotonous and bad narration completely blocked me from getting into the stort


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    Never got into it sadly


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