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Seating Arrangements [compact Disc]

A Novel

By Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead’s irresistible social satire, set on an exclusive New England island over a wedding weekend in June, provides a deliciously biting glimpse into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved.

Winn Van Meter is heading for his family’s retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff.  Winn’s wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne’s sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father’s oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson’s best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne’s beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life.

Hilarious, keenly intelligent, and commandingly well written, Shipstead’s deceptively frothy first novel is a piercing rumination on desire, on love and its obligations, and on the dangers of leading an inauthentic life, heralding the debut of an exciting new literary voice. 


From the Hardcover edition.

Format

Audio Books

Availability

3 available at Main (Downtown)
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  • CD F Shipstead [10 DISC], Book on CD Fiction

ISBN

9780449008775


Format: Audio Books
Author: Shipstead, Maggie
Summary: Winn Van Meter has a Harvard education, membership in all the right clubs, a pedigreed wife, and a tastefully understated summer home on a pristine New England island where the wedding of his eldest daughter, Daphne, is about to take place. The weather is idyllic and so, it would seem, is the gathering. But the three-day wedding weekend soon turns into a complete social disaster in every way imaginable.
Title: Seating arrangements [compact disc] : a novel / Maggie Shipstead.
Publisher Date: New York : Random House Audio p2012.
Subject: Weddings -- Fiction New England -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780449008775
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 4
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: F Shipstead
Oclc: 754713998
Upc: 9780449008775
Bib Id: 401353

Format: Audio Books
Author: Shipstead, Maggie.
Summary: Winn Van Meter has a Harvard education, membership in all the right clubs, a pedigreed wife, and a tastefully understated summer home on a pristine New England island where the wedding of his eldest daughter, Daphne, is about to take place. The weather is idyllic and so, it would seem, is the gathering. But the three-day wedding weekend soon turns into a complete social disaster in every way imaginable.
Title: Seating arrangements [compact disc] : a novel / Maggie Shipstead.
Publisher, Date: New York : Random House Audio p2012.
Description: 10 sound discs (720 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Weddings -- Fiction
Subjects: New England -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Genre: Love stories.
Genre: Audiobooks
Other Author: Morey, Arthur
Notes: Unabridged.
Notes: Compact disc.
Notes: Title from container.
Notes: Duration: 12:00:00.
Notes: Read by Arthur Morey.
ISBN: 9780449008775
Publisher Number: RHA 3656
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 4
Medium: [compact disc] :
Call Number: F Shipstead