We Are Gathered (Hardcover)

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Humor and sorrow join together in Jamie Weisman’s captivating debut novel—the story of an interfaith wedding from the perspectives of its (adoring, envious, resentful, hilarious) guests

One afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia. Two people heading to the altar. One hundred fifty guests. The bride, Elizabeth Gottlieb, proud graduate of the University of Virginia and of Emory University School of Law, member of Atlanta’s wealthy Jewish elite. The groom, Hank Jackson, not a member. Not a Jew. The couple of the hour, however, is beside the point, because We Are Gathered belongs to the guests.

Among them, Carla, Elizabeth’s quick-witted, ugly duckling childhood best friend turned Hollywood film scout, whose jaundiced view of the drama that is an American wedding provides a lens of humor and its corollary, deep compassion for the supporting actors who steal the show; Elizabeth’s great-aunt Rachel, a Holocaust survivor from Germany who is still navigating a no-man’s-land between cultures and identities decades after escaping from the forests of Europe; Elizabeth’s wheelchair-bound grandfather Albert, who considers his legacy as a man, both in the boardroom and the bedroom; and Annette, the mother of the bride herself, reminded now of her youthful indiscretions in love and motherhood.

 Balancing razor-sharp humor with a blunt vision of the fragility of our mortal bonds, Jamie Weisman skillfully constructs a world—and family—that pulls you in and carries you along with its refreshing, jagged beauty.  

About the Author


JAMIE WEISMAN is the author of the memoir As I Live and Breathe: Notes of a Patient-Doctor. She runs her own private dermatology practice just outside Atlanta, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and their dogs. We Are Gathered is her debut novel.

Praise For…


One of Reading Group Choices' Most Popular June Books

“Skillfully told through multiple first-person narratives, We Are Gathered portrays not only the couple’s story, but also—or rather, primarily—the stories of their friends and family…. Jamie Weisman adroitly constructs a community of characters, each created with a private network of thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams…a masterful portrait of both sharp and delicate beauty.” —Jewish Book Council

“As sparkling as a glass of champagne, and as moving as a wedding kiss, Weisman deconstructs the novel—and the nuptial—to tell a story about the guests, all of whom are bound to their pasts, created by their pain and elevated by their passions, set against the blazing hope of happily ever after. 'You can’t know who you are until the end of the story,' says one character, but in this novel, it’s clear who Weisman is from the first sentence: a writer to watch.”
—Caroline Leavitt, best-selling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

"We are Gathered is suffused with insight and warmth, interweaving the voices of vastly different characters in a big-hearted and clear-eyed story of life’s biggest choices: who to love and how best to love them. The fast-moving, playful intelligence Jamie Weisman brings to this book makes it both compulsively readable and oh so worth the read."
—Heather Harpham, author of Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After  

“With dazzling storytelling and a stunning eye for truth, Jamie Weisman gives voice to the never-heard in We Are Gathered, revealing the interior lives of wedding guests as they reckon with paths taken—and not. An amazing book.”
—Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Widow of Wall Street

"Jamie Weisman’s debut novel We Are Gathered is a pleasure. Like the best kind of party, it has an engaging, energetic mood, lots of captivating people to get to know, and no one wants to leave at the end.”
—Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation and The Ladies Auxiliary
 
“Weisman glides through several points of view with a graceful fluidity, illuminating the complex interior lives of her characters, and in doing so creates a poignant slice of life much greater than the sum of its eloquent parts.”
—Kris D’Agostino, author of The Antiques

“Unique…compelling…creatively put together.”
Book Riot, “All the Books”

"Elizabeth Gottlieb is getting married; and although her bridegroom isn’t Jewish, the family has invited 150 guests to the celebration. This debut novel by memoirist Weisman, however, is not about Elizabeth but about several of the guests at the wedding...Weisman’s ability to explore these troubled minds creates a multifaceted story of the difficulties people face."
Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9781328793294
ISBN-10: 132879329X
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English