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Seating Arrangements

Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead's irresistible social satire, set on an exclusive New England island over a wedding weekend in June, provides a deliciously biting glimpse into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved. Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father's oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson's best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne's beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life. Hilarious, keenly intelligent, and commandingly well written, Shipstead's deceptively frothy first novel is a piercing rumination on desire, on love and its obligations, and on the dangers of leading an inauthentic life, heralding the debut of an exciting new literary voice. From the Hardcover edition.

Maggie Shipstead's irresistible social satire, set on an exclusive New England island over a wedding weekend in June, provides a deliciously biting glimpse into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved. Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father's oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson's best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne's beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life. Hilarious, keenly intelligent, and commandingly well written, Shipstead's deceptively frothy first novel is a piercing rumination on desire, on love and its obligations, and on the dangers of leading an inauthentic life, heralding the debut of an exciting new literary voice. From the Hardcover edition.
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Maggie Shipstead's irresistible social satire, set on an exclusive New England island over a wedding weekend in June, provides a deliciously biting glimpse into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved. Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father's oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson's best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne's beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life. Hilarious, keenly intelligent, and commandingly well written, Shipstead's deceptively frothy first novel is a piercing rumination on desire, on love and its obligations, and on the dangers of leading an inauthentic life, heralding the debut of an exciting new literary voice. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

12h 11m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:16


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:58


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:14


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:54


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:59


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:08


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:01


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:54


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:43


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:47


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:25


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:25


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:15


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:43


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:19


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:14


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:42


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:20


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:32


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:25


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:23


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:06


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:34


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:03


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:21


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:05


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:37


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:17


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:20


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:36


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:21


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:02


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:26


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:29


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:30


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:22


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:31


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

00:34