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For Jack Cho, a fortysomething gay man, being able to marry someone he loves is so unfamiliar it’s terrifying. Then a wedding invitation from a college friend brings about a collision with those fears--and his own secret history.

Jack and his new boyfriend, Caleb, are attending the wedding of Jack’s estranged straight friend Scott. No sooner do the guests start to mingle than questions arise about relationships, tradition, Jack’s feelings for the groom, and what’s at stake as he navigates daunting territory, both new and old. In this wry and surprising short story, award-winning author Alexander Chee extends an invitation to the party--and awakening--of a lifetime.

Alexander Chee’s The Weddings is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.

©2019 Alexander Chee (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A small jewel of a story with intriguing secrets!

Jack Cho is a gay Korean-American who attends two weddings with his boyfriend. The first, a gay wedding, has Jack questioning his relationship; the second, a straight wedding of an old friend, has Jack questioning how he secretly views himself and his old friend. Although short, this jewel of a story has many layers, deft characterisation, and wry insights. I loved how most things remained unspoken, unclarified, and ultimately unresolved.

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  • RueRue
  • 31-01-2020

Good prose but not much story

That's about all I have to say....this is a short story that kept me thinking "what is the point of this story" ?

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  • escoocoo
  • 30-12-2019

Pretty Good!

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Well written and well narrated. Kept my attention and interest all the way through. A story of one man’s perspective of a past relationship which comes into question when, years later, he is invited to this friend’s wedding. This short story is definitely worth a listen!

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  • Caroline Fulford
  • 23-12-2019

Short, but hardly a trifle

Chee manages to pack longing, humor, romance, and tragedy into a delightfully short presentation (much like the best weddings).

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  • Jackson
  • 09-05-2020

Perfect

As a queer person of color who remembers the 90s and Janet Jackson and went to a liberal arts college this book super resonated with me. I liked the ambiguous plot because that’s how those people are in your life. They never really go away even when you’re done. It felt real and I liked the simple yet evocative writing style.

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  • Queen of Halloween
  • 05-03-2020

Short and sweet

I am not one for short stories but this may change my mind from now on. just enough detail without overdoing it. definitely worth the price. if you want an enjoyable story I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. well written and well-read by the narrator.

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  • danita Jacobs
  • 06-02-2020

Many stories

It was an okay story. To many ups and downs. Did not understand it all

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  • Tali
  • 04-02-2020

wasnt my kind of read/listen

overall the story was well written for it to be a short story. the story flowed until the end then it felt rushed

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  • PHawkman
  • 28-01-2020

Meh

The story has a great message, I just found it to be boring and couldn't wait for it to be over.

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  • Alicia
  • 04-01-2020

annoying

books about racism perpetuate racism. I didn't like it at all. it was free so I tried it

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  • Muggle Mom
  • 30-12-2019

The Weddings by Alexander Chee

I was not prepared for the excellent prose and biting commentary in this short story within the series "The Inheritance". This story is by far the best of the lot as it speaks interestingly of race, identity, and relationships. And it's a little about the tenants of marriage - LGBTQ and straight. Definitely grabbed my attention from the start and had lots of staying power as the story unfolded. I would definitely like to see these characters in a full-length novel.

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