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by the popular author of WHEN SHE WAS BAD and THE BROKEN, a dark, witty tale of a wife and her grown-up family whose secrets come shimmering to the surface at a wedding: told in real-time over 36 hours.

Mr & Mrs Max Irving request the company of:

Mrs Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, the galloping years and a disastrous haircut.
Mr Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, and increasingly distant husband.
The two Misses Friedman, Pip and Katy, one pining over the man she can’t have, the other trying to shake off the man she no longer wants.

At the marriage of their son James, forbidden object of troubling desire. For thirty-six hours of secrets and lies, painted-on-smiles and potential ruin. And drinks, plenty of drinks.

There’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past. As Fran negotiates her way from Saturday morning to Sunday evening she is forced to confront things she’s long thought buried, and to make decisions about the future that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.

Reviews

You will not sleep or eat or move until you’ve turned the last page. Utterly gripping

LISA JEWELL

A comedy of modern wedding manners that's also gripping, sexy and sad

Daily Mail

Gripping from beginning to end.

Prima

Fast-paced...strong characters and believable relationships. You'll not want to put it down!

Candis

Our favourite

Essentials Magazine

Thoroughly involving

Woman & Home

You will not sleep or eat or move until you’ve turned the last page. Utterly gripping

LISA JEWELL

A comedy of modern wedding manners that's also gripping, sexy and sad

Daily Mail

I lost myself so completely in Fran and her family’s woes that I read the whole book in 24 hours rather than the 36 hours it took for everything to unfold. The wedding part was very realistic from the over amorous guests to the women changing into comfy shoes, but this was certainly the most intriguing wedding story I have ever read. Fast paced and absorbing, I felt like I was one of the guests listening in to something I shouldn’t. A very juicy read!

Novelicious

READER RECOMMENDED: A cleverly written story, thought-provoking and easy to identify with.

Good Housekeeping

Written in almost real time - no easy feat - Cohen combines deft plotting with smart pyschological insight. A writer clued up in the dark realms of grown-up relationships

Independent

At once entertaining yet deliciously edgy too. I read it in a sitting

Freya North

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552779326

    June 15, 2014

    Black Swan

    368 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook

    9781448167593

    June 20, 2013

    Transworld Digital

    368 pages

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