This moving collection of true stories about gay weddings shows how LGBT couples have overcome cultural and personal obstacles to their unions, made wedding traditions their own, and what everyone can learn from them.
Told in a series of essays that mimics the course of a traditional wedding, from engagement to walking down the aisle to the honeymoon and beyond, The Best Party of Our Lives invites readers to reflect on what makes their own relationships unique, and the significance of public celebrations of love. With chapters each focusing on a different couple's love story, the challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned, the book offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the changing face of marriage. The perspective these trailblazing couples gain by examining and remaking marriage for themselves will inform anyone who is planning a wedding and inspire anyone who has ever been in love.
About the Author
Sarah Galvin is the author of the Stranger newspaper's Wedding Crasher column about attending weddings (which she was invited to, though the name would suggest otherwise), among others. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington, and her first book of poems, The Three Einsteins, was published in October 2014 by Poor Claudia.
"Galvin is a writer you can't stop reading.” —The Stranger
“I cried tears of joy when reading this book. It’s important that these glorious stories be told, so three generations from now, everyone will remember what people went through in order to get married.” —Edie Windsor, winner of Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, which declared DOMA unconstitutional, a landmark victory for gay marriage
"The Best Party of Our Lives is as informational (Did you know that the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs is a thing?) as it is moving as it is laugh out loud funny. On the heels of marriage equality nationwide, this book shows us that the party is just getting started." —Zach Wahls, New York Times bestselling author of My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family
“Prepare for your heart to beat faster, your smile to spread wider, and your confidence in the power of love to soar. In these true stories of true love, Sarah Galvin proves that all love is equal--and equally moving--by distilling the essence of the bonds that tie us together as members of the human family, whether gay, lesbian, trans, or otherwise. Grab this book, uncork the champagne, and let the celebrations begin!” —Ann Bausum, award-winning author of social justice history including Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
“Twenty-three weddings lead to twenty-three stories about love, life, and even loss. Woven through these narratives are Sarah Galvin’s rapier wit and observations that bring each celebration alive on the page. Reading this book will make you want to invite Sarah Galvin to your wedding.” —Jason Schmidt, author of A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me
“We’ve reached a watershed moment in the history of marriage, and Galvin marks it in the most profound way possible: by telling the human stories of those most deeply affected. As universal as it is personal, this is a book to be treasured by anyone who believes in the power of love.” —Ellen McCarthy, author of The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook
“For you, newlywed-to-be, The Best Party of Our Lives will fill you with happiness.” —PBG Lifestyle Magazine