Cassandra at the Wedding

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I just finished a book that would be perfect for any group looking for a short, substantive read.  It’s Dorothy Baker’s lost classic, Cassandra at the Wedding.

Cassandra and Judith Edwards are twins.  They grew up in an eccentric California home where their father, a retired philosophy professor who spends his days filling his glass with Hennessy, and writer mother taught them to be individuals, to think for themselves.  Inseparable for most of their lives, Judith decides to move away for a year to New York and returns with a beau.  Cassandra returns to the family ranch to try and stop her dear sister from breaking up their sisterly union.

Cassandra’s voice is beguiling, sly, and sharp, mirroring her wit and aplomb.  She is so alive, so real.  Her complexity jumps off the page.  And again, that voice–she is so fetching you want her to narrate everything she does, you want her in your head in the morning narrating breakfast.

What this book does is draw you into a family whose dynamics are as fascinating as they are familiar.  It draws you into the minds and the lives of two young women on the cusp of figuring out who they are, who they can be, apart.  It is about identity, heartbreak, acceptance and love.  It is also about a wedding.

This book made me again so happy that New York Review Books is reviving and revisiting books that should never have gone out of print.  They should win awards for this! 

So do your book group a favor, and put Dorothy’s Baker’s Cassandra at the Wedding on your summer list.



About the Author:

Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

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