"After reading this collection, it is hard to believe that Girls in White Dresses is Jennifer Close’s fiction debut. These connected short stories are delivered with the charm, style, and wit reminiscent of seasoned fiction writers. Close brings to life a group of girls (and the men and children who complicate their lives) struggling to survive their post-college years. From closet-sized New York apartments, to weed-growing parents, to self-indulgent bosses, these stories run the gamut of the trials and tribulations of female twenty-somethings. Close’s dialogue is funny because it is wonderfully accurate; you’ll laugh and cry right along with the girls on the page, and then call your friends."
Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she's attracted to the sleazy bartender. With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering years of early adulthood as she pulls us inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.