The Silverstein family is coming together in Great Neck, Long Island, for the nuptials of the youngest daughter. Always considered the favorite—and the object of much envy and resentment—Angelica has planned a fairy tale wedding to her fiancé, a former fighter pilot. But there are storm clouds on the horizon.
Gretchen, Angelica’s sister, is dealing with a failed marriage and her moody teenage daughter Justine. One brother is a callous businessman while the other is struggling with his search for love and a career. Her mother is in a battle of wills with the wedding planner, while her father, a recovering alcoholic, struggles to confront his ex-wife’s lavish new life in the Long Island manor of her dreams. And her grandmother Lenore has decided it’s high time to take charge and set her grandchildren on their proper paths.
Then an impulsive act by Justine puts the entire wedding at risk and brings the simmering family tensions to the boiling point. Before vows are exchanged, this day will change more than one life forever…
Family get-togethers gone wrong are fertile ground for dramatic fun, but McDonough (Breaking the Bank) fails to deliver anything better than a frustrating mess. Angelica, the 30-year-old baby of the Silverstein family, has invited her entire clan to attend her wedding to Ohad, an ex-fighter pilot, in Great Neck, Long Island. Unfortunately, not every member of the Silverstein family can be counted on to show decorum. Angelica's estranged father is a ne'er-do-well recovering alcoholic; her brother Caleb is introducing his boyfriend, Bobby, to the family for the first time; her sister, Gretchen, is currently separated from her husband, Ennis, who's also RSVP'd; and Gretchen and Ennis's emotionally disturbed teenage daughter, Justine, is plotting to seduce Ohad and stop the wedding at all costs. As these volatile ingredients approach a boil, Angelica wonders if the event she's planned so long for will ever come to pass. Readers will wonder as well when this plodding melodrama will get to its point. McDonough invites too many to the party; it's hard to care about any of them.