By Suzanne Finnamore
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375706424, 224pp.)
Publication Date: May 9, 2000
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Otherwise Engaged is Suzanne Finnamore's wickedly funny account of an intelligent, rational woman's transformation into the harpy of anxieties that is the bride-to-be.
When Michael pops the question, Eve is deliriously happy. She tells grocery clerks. She subscribes to bridal magazines. She delights in the rainbows that shower from the one-carat (okay, .81-carat) ring on her hand. For two days. As the cumulative stresses of ordering invitations, finding a dress, and organizing the Perfect Honeymoon fry Eve's nerves, the very real prospect of being with one man for the rest of her days reverberates through her consciousness like a Chinese gong. Suddenly the sight of Michael's discarded socks on the floor and his passing mentions of his former live-in French girlfriend incite doubt, argument, and public fainting.
Uproarious, insightful, tender, Otherwise Engaged dashes our soap-bubble fantasies in favor of a hilariously realistic walk to the alter.
"For laugh-out-loud humor, Otherwise Engaged takes the cake." --USA Today
"Bitchy, bold, and brilliant." --Mademoiselle
"A darkly comic novel.... Finnamore also captures tender and even touching moments that illuminate this couple's relationship--and keep you rooting for them. But mostly she keeps you laughing. A great shower gift for the stressed-out June bride-to-be."--Newsday
"So funny and charming and smart. I felt bitter that someone else got to write it."--Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies