Title: Girls in White Dresses
Author: Jennifer Close
Genre: Short Stories; Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Collection
Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she’s attracted to the sleazy bartender.
You guys, this book.
I haven’t so thoroughly enjoyed a book like I enjoyed this one in ages. I would yell at you all for not making me read it sooner, but you all tried. Jen even sent me a copy. THREE YEARS AGO.
I thought this would be a novel, but this is really a book of inter-related short stories (along the lines of The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing). Which made it even lovelier. I love a good short story collection.
The characters were well-developed, realistic, and relatable. I wanted to be friends with them. It made me wish I had moved to New York City after college and lived in a crappy apartment and dated the wrong guys. It was like Sex and the City when Sex and the City was at its best.
If you’ve left this one lingering on your shelf, like I did, you are making a mistake.
What book did you wait too long to read? What book has been waiting patiently on your shelves for you?
I read this one after seeing you tweet about it. I also expected more of a plot, but once I got over that, really got into it. Glad I happened upon it at the library!
It’s such a cool feeling when a book lives up to the hype and you really love it. I have been meaning to read Little Bee for forever. Hopefully I will get to it before the end of this year!