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The Weddings (Inheritance collection) Kindle Edition
For Jack Cho, a fortysomething gay man, being able to marry someone he loves is so unfamiliar it’s terrifying. Then a wedding invitation from a college friend brings about a collision with those fears—and his own secret history.
Jack and his new boyfriend, Caleb, are attending the wedding of Jack’s estranged straight friend Scott. No sooner do the guests start to mingle than questions arise about relationships, tradition, Jack’s feelings for the groom, and what’s at stake as he navigates daunting territory, both new and old. In this wry and surprising short story, award-winning author Alexander Chee extends an invitation to the party—and awakening—of a lifetime.
Alexander Chee’s The Weddings is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.
About the Author
Alexander Chee is the author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. He is a Whiting Award winner, contributing editor at the New Republic, and editor at large at VQR, and his essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, and The Best American Essays, among others.
- ASIN : B07ZP386NQ
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (December 19, 2019)
- Publication date : December 19, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5097 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 47 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This short novella details the emotions of mixed relationships within different weddings and the drama of misunderstood friendships and interactions often exposed within extended marriage celebrations. Although well written and intense, the storyline combines two subplots that highlight the conflicting motives of personal independence and matrimonial commitment, which often has a longer journey and transition that many expect.
Told here is the personal saga of sorting through past relationships to identify what was real or just an illusion. This becomes even more complex when friendships are tested across different cultural expectations.
The strongest part if this installment was the unintentional conflicts possible between cultural and personal loyalties. The story's weakness lies in the lack of resolution of the subplots and the ambiguity of the uncertain ending. Perhaps too, the story's length compared with the series' other stories attempted to include too much for a short story yet not long enough to adequately develop all the elements sufficiently.
Audible's narration that accompanied this fictional work was adequate but not memorable.
There is so much tenderness and intelligence in how Chee inhabits Jack's mind. Parts of 'The Weddings' describe a specific kind of covert queer heartbreak with such precision that I had to look up from the page and blink for a long time. Over and over, Jack has had to mourn versions of people who never really existed. There's no community that gathers around his type of grief, so he crawls through vast years of loneliness, and all along the way people say such weird, baffling things to him.
That's another thing: I love how Chee notices that our most vulnerable moments are often so full of hilarious, awkward absurdity. Right as Jack's about to plead the dignity of his feelings to a man, the object of his affection starts talking about the lack of dicks in Fresno. Why, of all thing, did he choose to say this particular sentence? Jack's mind tries to puzzle this together, and before he knows it, all possibility of a real conversation has been thwarted. We put ourselves through such mortifying situations to find love, and people say such weird things to us along the way.
I don't think I've ever read fiction that treats people like Jack with such warm, intelligent attention, and I honestly can't wait for a novel about his life.
This talks about the fetishism of Korean culture, coming out as gay, being second generation Korean, not feeling Korean enough and we get the story told from a middle aged man which I realized I've never ewad from that prospective so it was really great because Jack grew up in the 80's/90's when gay men couldn't marry. I enjoyed this though I hate not knowing EVERYTHING
But these weddings serve as more than a vehicle to explore the complexities of queer commitment. They are also a backdrop for one of the most compelling character studies in recent fiction. Jack Cho is queer, Korean American, and contemplating what marriage might look like for himself and his partner Caleb. As he navigates the tricky emotional terrain of these two weddings, Jack reflects on past relationships, his personal identity, and how our lives are shaped by the people we love. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and stunningly original, The Weddings is required reading from one of contemporary literature’s most essential voices.