THE SINGLES by Meredith Goldstein

I am back! Our son, Nathaniel David, was born last Friday, June 8, at 2:42 PM. I think he’s the most adorable baby boy ever. Here is a photo from when he was 2 days old:

I had the chance to do a little reading this week too. (Of course, I started this post 2 days ago and am just getting back to it today, so while the reading might not suffer terribly, the blogging most likely will!) While in the hospital, I finished The Singles, by Meredith Goldstein. The Singles is about a wedding, but instead of focusing on the bride and groom, it centers around 5 single guests at the wedding. One is a bridesmaid, one is her best friend from college, and one is another male friend from their college crowd, while one is the son of a woman who was invited but couldn’t attend and one is the bride’s uncle.


Each of the singles is dealing with either an unhappy breakup or some other issue/dissatisfaction with his or her love life, and The Singles brings those issues into relief as they contrast with the image of happily-ever-afterdom presented by the bride and groom.

The Singles is an easy read, but not necessarily a light one. It’s dry and often sad, as Goldstein pegs the feelings of self-consciousness and loneliness that anyone who’s ever attended a wedding solo has likely felt. She’s not particularly sentimental about marriage, and she’s very aware of the politics and complications that go into weddings. I liked how she really nailed the whole wedding experience, and also that time of life – late 20s – when weddings can really stir up conflicting feelings.

The characters were interesting but not that well-developed. They did things that seemed inconsistent at times, or at least surprising, because the author hadn’t developed them that extensively.

The Singles is poignant and sad at times, with some often depressing commentary about modern relationships. But I recommend it if the subject sounds appealing.

24 Comments

  • June 16, 2012 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! And yes, he’s adorable!

  • June 16, 2012 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    He’s a doll! Congratulations!

  • sheila
    June 17, 2012 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    mazel tov!

  • Elisabeth
    June 17, 2012 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! He is a cutie and I love the name!

  • Melanie
    June 18, 2012 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Ahhh, he’s cute. And don’t worry, we’ll be here waiting for you whenever you can drag yourself away from the sweetie.

    • gayle
      June 18, 2012 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much! Glad to know you’re waiting for me!

  • Jenelle
    June 18, 2012 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! Nathaniel is just perfect!

  • June 18, 2012 - 3:11 pm | Permalink

    He is so beautiful, Gayle! So happy for you.

    From the sounds of this, I think you would LOVE Maggie Shipstead’s SEATING ARRANGEMENTS. It is unbelievably good. If you’re not off weddings yet, you should check it out.

    • gayle
      June 18, 2012 - 3:23 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Nicole! I think he’s cute too. 🙂 I will definitely check out that book. Hope you’re doing well!

  • June 18, 2012 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been keeping up with the posts on Facebook but I am still thrilled to see pics of your new son!! He is such a cutie. So handsome 🙂 I’m sure the girls are smitten!

    Can’t believe you wrote a review after just having a baby. You are superwoman!

    • gayle
      June 18, 2012 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Ti! I just hate having reviews to write once I have finished the book. This one took me three days to post (and reading it again – it sucked!)

  • June 18, 2012 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Gayle, he’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  • June 24, 2012 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I am so impressed that you are writing blog posts – I feel like its a struggle finding time and I don’t have a newborn depending on me!

    I have attended many a wedding alone so this book definitely interests me.

    • gayle
      June 25, 2012 - 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! It is definitely challenging to keep up with the blogging!

    • gayle
      June 27, 2012 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Colleen!

  • June 25, 2012 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

    He’s definitely going to be a big reader, I can tell! I didn’t realize you just had a baby! And you’re responding to comments and posting reviews?? That’s amazing!

    • gayle
      June 27, 2012 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! I hate to give up the blogging…

  • June 29, 2012 - 7:18 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! A Baby Gemini Boy! He’s very cute.

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