The Happy Couple
Naoise Dolan’s sophomore novel has a fun structure that gives it almost a reality TV tell-all feel. Leading up to the day of the wedding, we hear from the bride; her sister, the bridesmaid; the best man; the groom; and one of the guests. Chock-full of queers, this book has the complicated characters and relationships you might expect from the inimitable Sally Rooney, but it’s funnier and much less depressing (no shade!). In essence, it’s the perfect book candy—a beach read with substance; genuinely interesting lit fic with plenty to laugh about. It’s a clever book, and the ending made me smile. Plus, as a musician, I enjoyed reading Celine’s thoughts about music. Recommended by Mary
A Most Anticipated Book of 2023 from: The Millions * LitHub * Electric Literature
An intimate, sharply funny novel about a couple heading toward their wedding, and the three friends who may draw them apart
Meet Celine and Luke. For all intents and purposes, the happy couple.