October 11 is National It’s My Party Day, and what better way to celebrate than with some good books? In fiction, there’s nothing like a gathering of all the main characters to bring about drama. Whether they lead to love, marriage or disaster, these parties are ones for the record books.
No one does a party like Hollywood. Thomas Cleary is a young journalist whose life changes after a single dinner-party invitation. While on an assignment, Thomas is led into the glamour of Hollywood society by the daughter of a deceased film producer. Introduced to the lives of the wealthy and to the beautiful and mysterious Matilda Duplaine, Thomas finds himself in a secret love affair that leads to mystery.
Everything changes for the four Plumb siblings after a family wedding ends with disaster. For years the Plumbs have each been waiting for their share of the Nest, the trust fund set aside for them by their father, which they will all receive when the youngest Plumb turns forty. The Plumbs have never been close, but they find themselves brought together by shared interest after Leo, the eldest, leaves the wedding early with a nineteen-year-old waitress and gets into a car accident. With the Nest drained to cover up his stupidity, the other three Plumbs band together to try to regain what was lost.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Bennet sisters first meet Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy at a ball where Darcy slights Elizabeth and Jane quickly falls for Bingley. But the ball at Netherfield Park is the most memorable and the grandest of the parties attended throughout the novel. Whether you’re the life of the party like Lydia and Kitty or would prefer to be anywhere else like Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice is full of balls and get-togethers that change everything for the characters. And, of course, it all ends with a wedding.
All it takes to forever alter the lives of two families is an uninvited guest and one kiss at a party. When Bert Cousins kisses Beverley Keating at her daughter’s christening, both of their marriages are destroyed. Spanning fifty years, Commonwealth follows the Keating and Cousins families and explores how the dissolution of the two marriages affects both families.
Featuring some of the most iconic parties in literature, The Great Gatsby is a classic novel about the Jazz Age and the darker side of the American dream. Fitzgerald was inspired to write Gatsby based on parties he attended on Long Island in the early 1920s. Gatsby’s lavish parties seem to take on a life of their own…and are secretly an attempt to impress and reconcile with his old love, Daisy Buchanan.
Weddings are probably the ultimate parties. After twenty-four years of widowhood, Maggie Watson is getting married. With her three adult daughters by her side to help plan the perfect wedding, what could possibly go wrong?
When Kate, a British photographer, sets out to find the truth about her mother’s birth family, she is led across borders and back into the twentieth century. When Tom and Alice met at a garden party in the 1920s, it began a love affair that will take the reader to London, New York, Paris and Corsica.
If you could attend a party with any book character, who would it be? Let us know in the comments below!