The Wedding Beat
By Devan Sipher
(NAL Trade, Paperback, 9780451235794, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
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Sometimes the best man isn't even in the wedding party...
Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He's also a professional one: he writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there's a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment...and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else's wedding.
Everything changes on New Year's when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with enchanting dimples. A moonlit stroll across a Manhattan rooftop seals the deal. Until an Aussie with attitude swoops in and whisks her away before Gavin gets her number.
Gavin crisscrosses New York City to find her again. And he learns that there's something worse than losing the woman of his dreams: Having to write an article about her wedding.
Devan Sipher has been writing about weddings for The New York Times's "Vows" column for more than five years. He received a master of fine arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in New York City, and is still single.
- The Wedding Beat begins with a cry of “Help!” as Gavin Greene contends he’s being held captive at a black-tie wedding. However, Gavin is both a skeptic and a romantic—sometimes in the same paragraph—and his romantic nature wins out time and again. What was it like reading a male’s perspective on romance? Can you think of other fictional male protagonists who are romantics? Is this a trait you expect more from a female character? How did you feel about a man sharing his inner feelings and vulnerabilities about dating?