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The Bridesmaids

True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty . . . and Terrible Dresses

Picador True Tales

Eimear Lynch; Series Editor Hanya Yanagihara

Picador

"An entertaining beach read… [and] a nice way to provide your besties with reading material for the bachelorette weekend."—Lauren Conrad

WHAT DO A FORMER FASHION MODEL, AN EX-NUN, AND A FRAT BOY HAVE IN COMMON? VIRTUALLY NOTHING, EXCEPT THAT EACH HAS EXPERIENCED A UNIVERSAL RITE OF PASSAGE: BEING A BRIDESMAID.

Each year 11 million bridesmaids lead their best friends down the aisle. Most wear matching dresses, and nearly all have a thing or two to say about the bride. In this uproarious oral history, editor and journalist Eimear Lynch offers us an intimate glimpse at the moments the wedding photographer failed to capture.

From the accidental bridesmaid who helped sew the bride into her “designer” gown to the tomboy who struggled to carry Princess Diana’s twenty-five foot train, The Bridesmaids lifts the veil on the Big Day. Opening with her own experiences as a five-time ’maid, Eimear gives us stories that are by turns heartfelt, funny, scandalous, and sometimes downright strange. An ode to the good, the bad, the strapless chiffon, and the occasional three-piece suit—and, above all, to the supporting actresses and actors who wore them—The Bridesmaids is a colorful walk down the aisle that you won’t want to miss, and the perfect companion for every bridesmaid-to-be.

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WHEN MY BEST FRIEND, Carrie, called me to tell me she was engaged—and to ask me to be her maid of honor—my response was, “Wait, you’re dating someone?” I was so surprised: We had known each other since we were nine, and we had even gone to college together—and yet I didn’t know that she had fallen in love? We were living in different cities at the time, and she had reconnected with another friend from childhood, Brandon, a few months earlier. They had been dating for four months when he presented her with an enormous diamond
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"An entertaining beach read… [and] a nice way to provide your besties with reading material for the bachelorette weekend."—Lauren Conrad

"A surprisingly moving oral history of wedding party experiences, ranging from brothers who have served as bridesmen to the 13-year-old responsible for folding Princess Diana’s legendary train at the royal wedding."—The Cut

"Hysterical….The Bridesmaids will have you cracking up in your lounge chair."—Cosmopolitan.com, Getaway Must-Haves

"Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a wedding party newbie, you’re sure to pick up some tips (and have a few laughs) while reading Lynch’s heartwarming ode to being a bridesmaid."—Birchbox Book Club

"Lynch is something of a modern wedding expert… A collection of short, true stories based on her conversations with bridesmaids of all stripes."—The New Republic

"This insider's look at the bridesmaid experience compiled by Lynch is fun to read, as well as a cautionary tale for both bridesmaids and brides… A collection of tales both wacky and touching dished out by bridesmaids from all walks of life." —Natalie Papailiou, Shelf Awareness

"Some of the stories are absolutely hilarious; some are so touching you need to wipe tears from your eyes…. If you are a bridesmaid-to-be or planning a wedding yourself, I highly recommend pickup up this book."—The Oklahoman

"You can’t go wrong with this book."—Library Journal

"Lynch explores the true stories of bridesmaids… including the woman who carried Princess Diana’s 25-foot train down the aisle and a woman who walked down the aisle of a prison to support her sister."—Chicago Tribune

"An intimate oral history of the silly, funny, and lovely aspects of being a bridesmaid; readers can decide for themselves what they think about the modern wedding experience."—Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Eimear Lynch; Series Editor Hanya Yanagihara

  • Eimear Lynch is a writer and editor who has worked at Condé Nast Traveler, Town & Country, and Bloomberg Businessweek. A five-time bridesmaid, she lives in Brooklyn. Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.

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The Bridesmaids

True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty . . . and Terrible Dresses

Picador True Tales

Eimear Lynch; Series Editor Hanya Yanagihara

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