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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,588 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Close Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Wickedly hilarious and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.

Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and doll-sized cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, dizzy with the mixed signals of a boss who claims she’s on a diet but has Isabella file all morning if she forgets to bring her a chocolate muffin. Mary thinks she might cry with happiness when she finally meets a nice guy who loves his mother, only to realize he’ll never love Mary quite as much. And Lauren, a waitress at a Midtown bar, swears up and down she won’t fall for the sleazy bartender—a promise that his dirty blond curls and perfect vodka sodas make hard to keep. 

With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood. These are the years when everyone else seems to have a plan, a great job, and an appropriate boyfriend, while Isabella has a blind date with a gay man, Mary has a crush on her boss, and Lauren has a goldfish named Willard. Through boozy family holidays and disastrous ski vacations, relationships lost to politics and relationships found in pet stores, Girls in White Dresses pulls us deep inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reading each story feels like catching up with an old friend…Although the majority of the stories are humorous, they are never mean-spirited, and the friendships Close portrays feel incredibly realistic.”

    National Post

  • “Is this just another fluffy piece of chick lit about 20-somethings finally finding love? Not with Close’s wry wit and deadpan delivery, which make this debut novel a treat to read…An original confection with echoes of The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing and a dollop of Sex and the City.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “It’s a pleasure to get to know the characters and be able to leave them behind, knowing they’ll keep muddling on toward some version of happiness.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Funny and often poignant…The vignettes of White Dresses are intricate and often absurd, yet instantly relatable.”

    Winnepeg Free Press

  • “Modern and funny, with original, wry observations. Close’s debut novel will appeal to both fans of contemporary women’s fiction with a hip vibe and readers who enjoy old-school chick lit.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[An] irresistible, pitch-perfect first novel.”

    Marie Claire

  • “You’ll relate, but mostly you’ll laugh as Close turns her sweet-tart wit on the dating and mating shenanigans of this tight-knit group of friends.”

    Redbook

  • “[Close’s characters] grumble good-naturedly through their friends’ weddings and the births of their babies…with the pluck and gimlet eye of Carrie Bradshaw’s younger, smarter sisters.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Remarkably relatable…Close’s debut is an addictive, thoughtful, slice of life.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This debut will ring bells. Wedding bells…An uncanny portrait emerges of a time in life marked by too many hangovers, bad dates, and bridal showers—as well as an abundance of solid friendships.”

    People

  • “Close’s witty voice…charts the romantic shenanigans of a bevy of New York women in their 20s, before career success or Botoxed foreheads. Dating is a phenomenon to be analyzed in improvised group therapy over cocktails.”

    New York Times

  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberly | 2/18/2014

    " This was a quick and easy read. A great chick lit story that's lighthearted and at times funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mallory Dean | 2/17/2014

    " Unlike most people I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the many short stories and how everyone is interconnected. Guess it's just not for some people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Larissa Cook | 1/31/2014

    " First of all, three women? No. This book has so many characters I was constantly flipping back and forth to remind myself whose wedding we were at and which girl was she again anyway?? I did not find a single part of this book hilarious or witty and was so glad I only rented this from my library and didn't spend the money to read such adolescent fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ang | 1/29/2014

    " Oh lord, this book was bad. It was like....thinky chick lit. Badly done thinky chick lit. Also, it had no ending. NO ENDING. Is there anything worse than a book that doesn't end? "

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