5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, June 10, 2016!
Three sisters, one wedding, and family secrets that leave them wondering if anyone will actually make it down the aisle…
Meryl Becker is living a mother’s dream. The oldest of her three beautiful daughters, Meg, is engaged to a wonderful man from one of the country’s most prominent families. Of course, Meryl wants to give Meg the perfect wedding. Who wouldn’t? But when her two younger daughters, Amy and Jo, also become engaged to celebrated bachelors, Meryl has to admit that three weddings is more than she and her husband, Hugh, can realistically afford.
The solution? A triple wedding! At first, it’s a tough sell to the girls, and juggling three sets of future in-laws is a logistical nightmare. But when Hugh loses his teaching job, and Meryl’s aging mother suddenly moves in with them, a triple wedding is the only way to get all three sisters down the aisle. When the grand plan becomes public, the onslaught of media attention adds to Meryl’s mounting pressure. Suddenly, appearances are everything – and she will do whatever it takes to keep the wedding on track as money gets tight, her mother starts acting nutty, and her own thirty year marriage starts to unravel.
In the weeks leading up to the nuptials, secrets are revealed, passions ignite, and surprising revelations show Meryl and her daughters the true meaning of love, marriage and family. The Wedding Sisters invites readers to the most unpredictable wedding of the year!
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) THE WEDDING SISTERS is a great title! Who came up with it? Was it the original title or did it change along the way?
I thought of the title The Wedding Sisters before I had any idea what the book would be about. And then I started thinking about famous sisters and their marriages — particularly three sisters who were constantly in the magazines when I first moved to New York City, the Miller sisters. One married Greek royalty, one married fashion royalty, and one married an heir to the Getty fortune. And I thought, what kind of stress would it put on a regular family to have daughters marrying into such high-profile circumstances? And the story took off from there. When my agent sold the novel to my publisher, all I had was the title and three paragraphs.
2) If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Family wedding drama! Weddings are such happy occasions, obviously. But I think the dirty little secret is how much stress they cause behind the scenes. Especially now, with all the blended and atypical families, with the high expectations of the “perfect” wedding because of what we see on TV with celebrities, and also a lot of confusion about etiquette. With people getting married later in life, the question of who pays for what isn’t as easily answered as it was in the days when it was usually the responsibility of the bride’s parents. Now that I’m thinking about it, this really would make a great Oprah episode! (Note to self: email Oprah)
3) Which authors/books are you most influenced by?
My favorite books are stories about families, particularly about mothers and daughters. I don’t have a mother, so I really like to vicariously enjoy that relationship through characters in books. I do, however, have two daughters, so now the sister relationship is a source of fascination and inspiration to me. Two of my favorite novelists who explore this terrain are Joanna Trollope and Elin Hilderbrand.
4) Got any great memories of growing up you’d like to share?
It’s funny what sticks in your mind once your childhood is over. My brother and I spent every summer at the Jersey shore with my parents and my grandparents. They had an apartment right on the beach. Literally the best times of my life were those summer mornings, waking up and having breakfast with my parents and grandparents and then walking down to the beach for a day in the sun and the ocean. Ironically, I spent a lot of that time daydreaming about what my life would be like when it ‘got started.’ I never imagined I would be looking back at those times and miss them so very much.
5) What’s up next for you?
In keeping with my nostalgia for my childhood at the beach, I have a novel coming next spring called THE FOREVER SUMMER, about two strangers who discover they share a grandmother they never knew and set off together for Provincetown, Massachusetts to meet her.
About the author:
Jamie Brenner is the author of The Wedding Sisters, coming June 7, 2016 from St. Martin’s Press. Her previous novels include the historical The Gin Lovers (St. Martin’s Press), named by Fresh Fiction as one of the Top Thirteen Books to read in 2013, and Ruin Me, a coming-of-age story set in the art world. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and today lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters. Her favorite authors include Elin Hilderbrand, JoJo Moyes, and Kristin Hannah. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters and is always on the hunt for her next great read. Visit Jamie online at www.jamiebrenner.com.
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