A New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize and 2012 L.A. Times First Novel Prize The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the New England island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to an impeccably appropriate young man. The weekend is full of lobster and champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust seep through the cracks in the revelry. Winn Van Meter, father-of-the-bride, has spent his life following the rules of the east coast upper crust, but now, just shy of his sixtieth birthday, he must finally confront his failings, his desires, and his own humanity.
'Joyously good' DAILY MAIL 'A ferociously clever comedy of manners' GUARDIAN 'Distinctive and dazzling ...The smart money has to be on Maggie Shipstead winning a Pulitzer before she's 50' Allison Pearson 'A wise, sophisticated and funny novel about family, fidelity, class and crisis' MARIE CLAIRE Books of 2012 - TELEGRAPH Books of 2012 - SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Maggie Shipstead is a hugely talented young writer' GRAZIA 'A well-observed, hilarious, yet moving novel' WOMAN & HOME 'Not to be missed' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'An outrageously gifted writer' Richard Russo, Pulitzer-prize winning author of Empire Falls 'Bursting with perfectly observed characters and unforgettable scenes' Courtney Sullivan, author of Maine 'Shipstead writes satirically and lavishly about a certain privileged social stratum... Frequent shifts in point of view give the book a waltzlike rhythm, with beats of startling beauty' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'Gratifying on every scale' BOSTON GLOBE
Maggie Shipstead graduated from Harvard in 2005 and earned an M.F.A at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Currently, she is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Seating Arrangements is her first novel. facebook.com/maggieshipsteadauthor