The Guy Not Taken
By Jennifer Weiner
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780743298056, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 26, 2007
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Jennifer Weiner's talent shines like never before in this collection of short stories, following the tender, often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime.
We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one night, when she wanders onto her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up with the guy not taken. We find Jessica Norton listing her beloved river-view apartment in the hope of winning her broker's heart. And we follow an unlikely friendship between two very different new mothers, and the choices that bring them together -- and pull them apart.
The Guy Not Taken demonstrates Weiner's amazing ability to create characters who "feel like they could be your best friend" (Janet Maslin) and to find hope and humor, longing and love in the hidden corners of our common experiences.
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
"Fans will savor Weiner's confidential tone and salty wit."
"Shouldn't be missed.... It is the reader who will be taken by this set of eleven marvelous short stories."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"Puts Weiner on the map as one of her generation's best literary voices."
-- The Boston Herald
"Another delightful example of Jennifer Weiner's tender way with words and emotions."
-- Harper's Bazaar
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