Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen tells the story of an extremely eventful thirty six hours in the life of Fran Friedman and her family. She and her husband Saul, along with their two daughters Pip and Katie, are invited guests at the wedding of Jamie Irving and his fiancée Lucy. Things are not well with the Friedmans though and there’s nothing like a wedding to bring all of the strains and tensions between them to the surface.
Someone Else’s Wedding is told in thirty six chapters, each one focusing on a particular hour. Through this, we gradually get to learn about Fran and the complex relationship she has with her husband and the troubled lives of her two daughters. Most intriguing of all though is the complex nature of her relationship with Jamie. What exactly is the bond between the two of them and why is the family even at the wedding?
This is a riveting and absorbing story from someone who is very good at observing life. Tamar Cohen certainly knows how to tease her readers and keep them guessing about what is going on. It’s an incredibly eventful thirty six hours with so much going on – arguments between the newly married couple; the breakup of a relationship; the announcement of a pregnancy; and a child gone missing. This is all against the backdrop of an extravagant wedding with all the excesses that accompany it.
As all this goes on, the reader really gets to know Fran who is the one that tells the story. Not only is she dealing with all her family’s troubles as well as her own, she is also coming to terms with a tragedy from the past. On the surface, she is determined to enjoy the wedding, but will that really be possible? Maybe it’s just a case of getting through the wedding and the partying and then trying to get on with the rest of her life.
Someone Else’s Wedding is a fascinating story that tells of the complexities of modern life and relationships. I was drawn in to these complicated lives from the very start and felt it was an extremely satisfying read from start to finish.
Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen
Published by Doubleday, June 2013
I am very grateful to the publishers for sending me a review copy.
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