Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close is an exciting read and recommendable for women in the twenty’s age group, trying to pursue their dreams and aspirations.
Jennifer Close, the author of the book is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School in 2005 and Girls in White Dresses is her first book.
It tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love all while suffering through endless rounds of weddings and bridal showers.
Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and doll-sized cakes.
Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, dizzy with the mixed signals of a boss who claims she’s on a diet but has Isabella file all morning if she forgets to bring her a chocolate muffin.
Mary thinks she might cry with happiness when she finally meets a nice guy who loves his mother, only to realize he’ll never love Mary quite as much.
And Lauren, a waitress at a midtown bar, swears she won’t fall for the sleazy bartender—a promise that his dirty blond curls and perfect vodka sodas prove hard to keep.
With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood. These are the years when everyone else seems to have a plan, a great job, and an appropriate boyfriend, while Isabella has a blind date with a gay man, Mary has a crush on her boss, and Lauren has a goldfish named Willard.
While reading the book, the stories of these young women awaken you and you start asking yourself whether you are living your dream or just on a bandwagon.