‘I am not, at heart, a jumper. I think I knew all the time I was sizing up the bridge that the strong possibility was I’d attend my sister’s wedding.’
Cassandra Edwards is driving home to her family’s Californian ranch to attend the wedding of her beloved identical twin, Judith. A graduate student at Berkeley, Cassandra is gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, miserable – and hell-bent on making sure her sister’s wedding doesn’t go ahead.
Armed with a clutch bag full of pills and an unquenchable thirst for brandy, Cassandra arrives determined to make Judith see sense. But over the course of the next couple of days Cassandra unravels.
A classic of twentieth-century American literature, Cassandra at the Wedding is a stylish, witty and insightful novel about love, loyalty and coming to terms with the only life you have.
‘I – whose usual bed time is ten o’clock – stayed up all night reading that exquisite Cassandra at the Wedding – dazzled by the pyrotechnics of such an artist.’ – Carson McCullers
‘Modern readers will relish the pin-sharp portrait of a tiny part of society, as if picked out in Californian sunlight. Really good writing like this doesn’t age.’ – Guardian
‘Witty and assured. Her tone is dark but jaunty, the writing off-handedly smart.’ – London Review of Books
‘Baker’s ear for dialogue is acute, her prose immaculate… this is a novel of exceptional quality.’ – TLS