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Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
Apr 26, 2022 | ISBN 9780525658870

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“This novel is laugh-out-loud funny, and deeply resonant to our times. I was so happy to be in the Sullivan family’s Chicago bar, caught in the swirl of three generations of grudges, love affairs and fraught personal decisions. Jennifer Close has written a smart, hilarious book that I was delighted to escape into.”
—Ann Napolitano, best-selling author of Dear Edward

Marrying the Ketchups is funny and melancholy and astoundingly smart all at the same time. Jennifer Close is like the most skillful of jewelers, tap-tap-tapping perfect sentences—each one quickly hit and left to resonate. My first thought upon finishing was: I wish, I wish, I wish I could write like Jennifer Close.”
—Katherine Heiny, author of Early Morning Riser

Praise for Jennifer Close

The Hopefuls
A Mother Jones Best Book of the Year

“Hilarious. . . A pleasure to read. . . . [Close] has a light, precise touch about the way a young marriage works when the partners are caught between old ideals and new realities.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Inspired by Close’s own experiences moving to Washington for her husband’s work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington’s exhausting culture of competition—one that that renders people outside of political circles virtually invisible.”
—Meredith Turits, Elle 

“Captivating. . . . Close, whose husband worked on Obama’s campaign, uses her knowledge of this world—and her experience as an outsider—expertly. Beth’s conversational narration feels like peering into the diary of someone who shares your deepest insecurities.” 
—Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly

“New York newlyweds head to D.C. to—what else?—chase their dreams. Actually, just Matt’s dreams. His wife, Beth, isn’t all that impressed by the surrounding political haughtiness until she meets another couple, Jimmy and Ash. The Hopefuls will make you rethink inviting your best married friends over for dinner.” 
Marie Claire

“A much lighter, funnier version of House of Cards—imagine the jealousy and ambition of the Underwoods married with the humor of a sitcom like New Girl with its focus on friendships and playing at adulthood.” 
—Lauren Stacks, Chicago Review of Books

The Smart One (2013)
“This bighearted novel examines a generation of nonstarters with a mix of empathy and Close’s signature deadpan, pathos-driven humor.”
—Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly
“Close nails the yearning, confusion, fear and bravado that characterize contemporary young adulthood. . . . Wit and vibrant characters make The Smart One an engaging exploration of a thoroughly modern family dynamic.”
—Robin Micheli, People
“I want to be friends with all of the narrators of this addictive novel.”
—Megan Angelo, Glamour

Girls in White Dresses (2011)

“Close’s witty voice . . .  charts the romantic shenanigans of a bevy of New York women in their 20s, before career success or Botoxed foreheads.”
 —Susannah Meadows, The New York Times

“One wickedly observed first novel, a book that revels in contemporary city life, revealing it with a knowing flourish. . . . Girls in White Dresses is very much about New York City and about the current economic downturn. It’s about the changes that might be necessary and those that are not. It’s about friendship and heart, and it insists that relationships, if they’re solid enough, can withstand just about anything.”
—Steven Whitton, The Anniston Star

“You’ll relate, but mostly you’ll laugh as Close turns her sweet-tart wit on the dating and mating shenanigans of this tight-knit group of friends.”

“[An] irresistible, pitch-perfect first novel.”
Marie Claire

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