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The Guy Not Taken: Storiesby Jennifer Weiner
Synopses & Reviews
Jennifer Weiner's talent shines like never before in this collection of short stories, following the tender, and often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime. From a teenager coming to terms with her father's disappearance to a widow accepting two young women into her home, Weiner's eleven stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.
We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one Friday night, when she wanders onto her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up with the guy not taken. We stumble on Good in Bed's Bruce Guberman, liquored-up and ready for anything on the night of his best friend's bachelor party, until stealing his girlfriend's tiny rat terrier becomes more complicated than he'd planned. We find Jessica Norton listing her beloved New York City apartment in the hope of winning her broker's heart. And we follow an unlikely friendship between two very different new mothers, and the choices that bring them together — and pull them apart.
The Guy Not Taken demonstrates Weiner's amazing ability to create characters who "feel like they could be your best friend" (Janet Maslin) and to find hope and humor, longing and love in the hidden corners of our common experiences.
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful, Weiner shows she can write with exquisite tenderness as well as humor." The Miami Herald
"Weiner has a brilliant eye for social stratum, character sketches, and renderings of suburban atmospherics." The Washington Post Book World
"The stories are a readable mix of love, angst, disappointment and hope....If you weren't previously a fan of Weiner's, you will be after reading her latest." San Antonio Express-News
"Jennifer Weiner can be very, very funny, and that's the saving grace of this uneven collection of stories." Philadelphia Inquirer
"All the stories in Weiner's collection have that...quality to which smart women, whose lives are complicated by careers, men, babies, parents and siblings, can relate." USA Today
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner is the author of Good in Bed. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.
Table of Contents
Travels with Nicki
The Wedding Bed
The Guy Not Taken
The Mother's Hour
Oranges from Florida
Tour of Duty
Dora on the Beach
Author's Notes on Stories A Conversation with Jennifer Weiner Questions and Topics for Discussion
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