So Happy for You (Original)
Celia Laskey (Author)
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Description*A PureWow Best Beach Read of Summer 2022*
*A Washington Post Best Book of June*
*An Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Summer*?
*A Glamour Best New Book to Get Your Summer Started*
*A Vogue Queer Book to Read This Summer*
A wedding weekend spirals out of control in this bold, electrifying, hilarious novel about the complexities of female friendship
Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. When Robin came out, Ellie was there for her. When Ellie's father died, Robin had her back. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honor, she is reluctant. A queer academic, Robin is dubious of the elaborate wedding rituals now sweeping the nation, which go far beyond champagne toasts and a bouquet toss. But loyalty wins out, and Robin accepts.
Yet, as the wedding weekend approaches, a series of ominous occurrences lead Robin to second-guess her decision. It seems that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. Perhaps even Ellie herself.
Manically entertaining, viciously funny and eerily campy, So Happy for You is the ultimate send-up to our collective obsession with the wedding industrial complex and a riveting, unexpectedly poignant depiction of friendship in all its messy glory.
Hanover Square Press
June 07, 2022
5.4 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.92 pounds
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About the Author
Celia Laskey is the author of Under the Rainbow, a finalist for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her work has appeared in Guernica, the Minnesota Review and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of New Mexico. She lives with her wife in Los Angeles.
"Hilarious and wise, So Happy for You reveals the deeper and more sinister truths behind one of society's most commonplace institutions--marriage, and does so with a pitch-perfect, relentlessly inquisitive narrator at the helm. At its core, this is an investigation of friendship and just how much we will sacrifice of our true selves in the name of tradition. This novel made me laugh, made me think, and spun its way to a wholly surprising and thrilling conclusion, where 'together forever' takes on a much more terrifying connotation than most of us can imagine. Laskey is a magician, combining the important social commentary this genre needs with a knock-out page-turning narrative that will leave you guessing to the last page."--Chelsea Bieker, author of Godshot and Heartbroke "So Happy for You is the sort of devilishly clever summer read I crave. Like the worst wedding in history, I watched it unfold with my hands over my eyes and a laugh in my throat, eager to see it fly off the rails."--John Fram, author of The Bright Lands "Celia Laskey's sly thriller completely transfixed me from beginning to end. Tart and playful, this tale of a wedding weekend gone fatally wrong is part psychological game, part societal inquest, and part best friend break-up from hell. I loved this trim and thrashing read."--Amy Jo Burns, author of Shiner "Magnificent. In So Happy for You, Celia Laskey has masterfully crafted the tense, messy, big-hearted, and deeply original queer love story we didn't know we've been waiting for, as much full of human characters as incisive social commentary. I can't wait to see what Laskey gives us next."--Peter Kispert, author of I Know You Know Who I Am "So Happy for You skewers the wedding-industrial complex with uproarious bitterness and gleeful fury, and a spiraling absurdism that will leave you wondering whether it's all that absurd after all. If you've ever gritted your teeth through a nightmare wedding, this one's for you. A firecracker of a book."--Micah Nemerever, author of These Violent Delights