Book 1 of 33 – The Prairie Bridesmaid

17 Jun

This month, I chose The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon as my reading of choice. I picked this book up from the sale shelf at Chapters just before my wedding – not going to lie, I had weddings on the brain and the word “bridesmaid” in the title drew me to the book.

I didn’t actually get to read the book until we were on our honeymoon, but good lord am I happy I brought it with me.

I won’t bore you will all the details, but this book was nothing short of incredible. The best book I have read in years. It’s by a Canadian author, and it’s set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This book has won many awards, and the critics are LOVING IT.

So what’s it about? It’s about a high-school teacher named Anna, almost 30, trying to escape an abusive relationship with her boyfriend of ten years , and finding who she is in the process. The synopsis on the website really says it best – So I’m just going to rip it off word-for-word.

Just cresting her thirties, Anna Lasko is a frustrated high school teacher whose almost ex-boyfriend, Adam, is away on temporary assignment in Europe. She finds herself tricked into a break-up-with-the-bad-boyfriend intervention by her supportive but meddling girlfriends. To cope with it all, Anna starts smoking again, keeps nightly counsel with her backyard squirrel, Buddy, and starts sessions with a caring but fashion-challenged therapist. Her well-intentioned family adds to the emotional workload when her beautiful and free-spirited sister decides to move to the Middle East with her boyfriend. Luckily, Anna has her devoted grandmother who constantly says it like it is, refuses to conform to anyone’s requests, and continues to live on her prairie farm half-blind, happy, and alone.

Spectacularly fun and rich with wit and savvy, The Prairie Bridesmaid is a delicious debut novel about the bonds that break and make family, friendship, and love.

I laughed, cried, gasped… And though you sympathize with Anna, there are moments you wonder if she’s lost her mind. An amazing read.

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