One of my favorite activities in the entire world is reading for pleasure. It’s something I never get to do and welcome the opportunity when I can.
While trying to look for new work, I’ve taken up the activity again. Thanks to my wonderfully amazing boyfriend, I’ve now got several books on his borrowed Kindle to read (and have spent more time pouring over books at Barnes & Noble, than a kid drooling over candy in a candy store).
This week’s book, entitled, “The Mating Rituals of the North American WASP” by Lauren Lipton, does what a book should do: spark emotion that wants you to throw it up in the air and yell to the characters, “What is wrong with you people?! Don’t you see?!”
Plot summary: Peggy (and her best friend Bex) own a small cleaning supply store in New York and has a documentary-producing boyfriend who is afraid to commit. She goes off to Las Vegas for a bachelorette party and wakes up in a strange man (Luke)’s bed and finds out she got married to him the night before. Luke is a WASP from New Nineveh, CT with a family name to uphold (which dated back from the 1600’s).
When Peggy drives up to New Nineveh to get the marriage annulled, Luke’s Great Aunt refuses to let this happen. She tells the couple they are to stay married one year (seeing each other only on weekends, since Peggy had a store to run) and if they then choose to end the marriage at that time, they can sell the family house (a sprawling mansion that is falling apart) and split the money. They agree to the arrangement.
The book outlines the major events of the next year and how Peggy and Luke struggled to keep how they married a secret from the town of New Nineveh, how Peggy struggled to fit in as a WASP, as well as how to keep her own love life together without telling her on again/off again boyfriend she was already married; and ultimately, how the two struggled, separately, to keep themselves from coming out with their true feelings for one another.
I love that the book left no questions unanswered at the end, that it used both literal and figurative poetry to round out the story, and that it was able to marry a modern day love story with a classic romance novel. Definitely a must-read!