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Book Review: Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

2008 Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate Maggie Shipstead's new novel Seating Arrangements isn't a typical wedding novel. A cast of misbehaving and deeply flawed WASPs convene at a beach house to prepare for the wedding of their eldest daughter Daphne to one of the 1 percent's most eligible bachelors. The catch is, she is seven months pregnant with his child. Believe it or not, this less-than-conventional upperclass New England marriage is the least scandalous event in the novel.