The Wedding Beat is a comic novel, loosely based on the author’s real-life experience at The New York Times as a single, Jewish guy writing the Vows wedding column — always the wedding columnist, never the groom.
Gavin Greene, the book’s protagonist, is a hopeless romantic. He’s also a professional one, reporting on A‑list weddings from coast to coast. But there’s a thin line between being a hotshot journalist on assignment and a lonely guy working at other people’s parties every weekend.
“When am I going to read about your wedding?” asks his 82-year-old grandmother.
Everything changes on New Year’s, when Gavin meets a travel writer with an adventurous spirit and enchanting dimples. A moonlit walk on a Manhattan rooftop seems to seal the deal, but she slips away.
Gavin crisscrosses New York to find her again, navigating stressed-out brides, gossip blogs, a budget-cutting boss and his meshugenah but well-meaning parents. Along the way, he learns there’s something worse than losing the nice Jewish girl of his dreams — having to write an article about her wedding.