These page-turners will keep you in good company for the duration of summer. Plus: author interviews. By Ashley Ross
Seating Arrangements By Maggie Shipstead
A seersucker-clad wedding in Nantucket takes a close look at social statuses when family members, long-time rivals and freshly broken-hearted bridesmaids collide.
What was your inspiration for the book?
I kind of started with someone who I knew in college. He got hit by a golf cart on Nantucket and had his leg cut open but the person driving the golf cart wouldn't apologize. So if you read the book, you'll recognize that.
The names in the book-Winn, Biddy, Piper, Triden, Oatsy-where'd you come up with those?
I got a lot of the names actually off this plaque in this weird WASP-y Rhode Island resort where they had a list of people who had been their lawn boy champions since the 1950s. I wrote these outrageous New England names probably a year before I started writing the book.
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