A Wedding in Great Neck

11/5/12 I’m not sure if I finished reading A Wedding in Great Neck by Yona McDonough in one night because I had insomnia, or if I had insomnia because I wanted to finish the book — because once I started I couldn’t put it down. McDonough uses a wonderful technique where the story unfolds from several points of view – the grandmother, the mother, the sister and her estranged husband and others. Only the bride’s thoughts are a mystery as the hustle and bustle of the wedding day unfold. The comedic episodes entangle with serious issues. And always there is drama because the characters all manage to be divas in one way or another before they pull themselves together into a portrait of sensitivity and sensibility. McDonough paints a true-to-life portrait of a family with many issues and clashing personalities who discover that for all of them, it’s the bride and her happiness that matter. I also think McDonough has an uncanny ear for speech and a terrific gift of story-telling. I don’t want to say more or give away the plot – but I will add that the grandmother with the bra-shop, I want to go have her fit mine. Each page is delicious. Enjoy.