Laurie Colwin-esque

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Here’s some seriously high praise: This book reminded me of Laurie Colwin’s writing. And I love Laurie Colwin. The characters here are a little less quirky than Colwin’s, but they’re still charming.
So yes, this is a novel about young women in New York, dating the wrong men and occasionally finding a vaguely right one, working in jobs they don’t necessarily love, as their friends marry off, one by one by one. And sometimes their own relationships seem doomed, but then they somehow resolve themselves. I actually was surprised in a couple of cases. For example: Usually, from what I’ve been given to understand, marrying a mama’s boy don’t go so very well.
Each chapter could be read as a short story, since each has its own arc. But the whole thing also hangs together beautifully, because the main characters’ friendship ties the story lines together.
It’s two parts Laurie Colwin, one part The Best of Everything, one part Sex and the City, and three parts all its own thing.
I was well pleased.

4 thoughts on “Laurie Colwin-esque

  1. You had me at "Laurie Colwin-esque"! I'm just writing a review of Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel and had been thinking how I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed reading Laurie Colwin years ago. Just saw somewhere that there was a book of her letters published, but I've never seen it.

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