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So Happy for You: A Novel

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A wedding weekend spirals out of control in this bold, electrifying, hilarious novel about the complexities of female friendship 

Robin and Ellie have been best friends since childhood. When Robin came out, Ellie was there for her. When Ellie's father died, Robin had her back. But when Ellie asks Robin to be her maid of honor, she is reluctant. A queer academic, Robin is dubious of the elaborate wedding rituals now sweeping the nation, which go far beyond champagne toasts and a bouquet toss. But loyalty wins out, and Robin accepts. 

Yet, as the wedding weekend approaches, a series of ominous occurrences lead Robin to second-guess her decision. It seems that everyone in the bridal party is out to get her. Perhaps even Ellie herself. 

Manically entertaining, viciously funny and eerily campy, 
So Happy for You is the ultimate send-up to our collective obsession with the wedding industrial complex and a riveting, unexpectedly poignant depiction of friendship in all its messy glory. 

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"Hilarious and wise, So Happy for You reveals the deeper and more sinister truths behind one of society's most commonplace institutions--marriage, and does so with a pitch-perfect, relentlessly inquisitive narrator at the helm. At its core, this is an investigation of friendship and just how much we will sacrifice of our true selves in the name of tradition. This novel made me laugh, made me think, and spun its way to a wholly surprising and thrilling conclusion, where 'together forever' takes on a much more terrifying connotation than most of us can imagine. Laskey is a magician, combining the important social commentary this genre needs with a knock-out page-turning narrative that will leave you guessing to the last page."--Chelsea Bieker, author of Godshot and Heartbroke

"So Happy for You is the sort of devilishly clever summer read I crave. Like the worst wedding in history, I watched it unfold with my hands over my eyes and a laugh in my throat, eager to see it fly off the rails."--John Fram, author of The Bright Lands

"Celia Laskey's sly thriller completely transfixed me from beginning to end. Tart and playful, this tale of a wedding weekend gone fatally wrong is part psychological game, part societal inquest, and part best friend break-up from hell. I loved this trim and thrashing read."--Amy Jo Burns, author of Shiner

"Magnificent. In So Happy for You, Celia Laskey has masterfully crafted the tense, messy, big-hearted, and deeply original queer love story we didn't know we've been waiting for, as much full of human characters as incisive social commentary. I can't wait to see what Laskey gives us next."--Peter Kispert, author of I Know You Know Who I Am

"So Happy for You skewers the wedding-industrial complex with uproarious bitterness and gleeful fury, and a spiraling absurdism that will leave you wondering whether it's all that absurd after all. If you've ever gritted your teeth through a nightmare wedding, this one's for you. A firecracker of a book."--Micah Nemerever, author of These Violent Delights

"The sweet spot of dystopia...grounded in sufficient reality for the reader to pose the question, could this really happen?"--Kirkus Reviews

"Enjoyable and darkly comic."--Publishers Weekly

"A force of dark humor, captivating in its boldness and its portrayal of a friendship torn apart by tradition. For readers of satire and thrillers with an added dose of dystopia."--Booklist

"[A] campy, captivating and slightly creepy exploration of the complexities of female friendships and the wedding industrial complex."--E! News

"[A] compelling exploration of the world of weddings and a complex dive into female friendship."--Honey Pop

"Manically entertaining, viciously funny and eerily campy, So Happy for You is the ultimate send-up to our collective obsession with the wedding industrial complex and a riveting, unexpectedly poignant depiction of friendship in all its messy glory."--Lesbrary

"The novel unravels at full force to become a psychological game of chess with 'Handmaid's Tale' references and just enough sinister plot twists to keep the tension taut."--Edge Media Network

"At once hilarious and insightful... a great beach read."--Shondaland

"Funny, dark, [and] slightly crazed.. So Happy for You is part romp, part social commentary on being a queer woman in a culture dead set on literally zipping women into tight dresses and marching us down the aisle."--Glamour

"Laskey excels at writing queer fiction that dazzles... So Happy for You is the kind of book best enjoyed with no distractions, beside a beautiful body of water."--Vogue

"Campy, eerie, and unexpectedly very funny."--Cosmopolitan

"[A] deliciously twisted story about the highs and lows of friendship and female expectation."--PureWow

"If you're going to multiple weddings this year, So Happy For You might speak to you in a visceral way. A fast-paced satirical thriller"

Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Pub date:
304 pages
Format: Hardcover