The People We Hate at the Wedding

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What to expect

Relationships are awful. They’ll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life.

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at ‘it’ restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.

They couldn’t hate it more.

The product of their mother’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has everything Paul and Alice have ever wanted: a seemingly endless trust fund, model good looks, an international life of luxury and their mother’s unconditional love.

Meanwhile, Alice is in her thirties, stuck in a dead-end job and mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss, and Paul, who still isn’t speaking to their mother after their father’s death three years ago, has upended his life to move to Philadelphia for his tenured track professor boyfriend, who has recently started looking at other, younger men and talking wistfully about ‘opening up’.

As the estranged clan gathers, and Eloise’s walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder’s bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender story brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most.

(P) 2022 Macmillan Audio

Critics Review

  • Wickedly smart and shamelessly funny. Grant Ginder brilliantly captures privileged Brits clashing against semi-privileged Americans in the most hilariously cringeworthy ways. Cluelessly self-absorbed, appallingly outrageous, and so very endearing, these are characters I hope to be seated with at the next wedding I attend

    Kevin Kwan, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians
  • Don’t be fooled by the superbly sardonic title – Grant Ginder’s subject is not hate at all: it’s love. Ginder expertly and hilariously shows us that real love (whether romantic or fraternal, parental or filial) is always a most complicated matter

    Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty
  • Fact: best title of any novel ever. This story about a dysfunctional blended family and a wedding in England is sinfully good

    Elin Hilderbrand
  • Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald, sharply cynical, and impossible-to-put-down examination of love and loyalty

    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • Witty and completely absorbing, The People We Hate at the Wedding is family dysfunction at its best – full of heart, humor, and jealous siblings. This novel is addicting and entertaining and I couldn’t put it down!

    Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls
  • Grant Ginder’s smart, funny novel is madly insightful and contains some of the most delightfully difficult and fabulously flawed characters I’ve encountered in a long time

    Stephen McCauley, bestselling author of The Object of My Affection

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