Meet Gilbert and Moira - the strangest couple to ever marry for each other's money. Living in New York in 1991 is Gilbert Selwyn, a young man possessed of boundless charm and an allergy to employment, who has devised a plan to wring a nice pile of loot from his mother's newest (and obscenely wealthy) husband. The scheme, simply put, is to get married for the gifts. But Gilbert, who's gay, needs a fiancee...Enter Moira Finch, a demonically conniving young woman whose own mother, having recently married the Duke of Dorsetshire, will contribute richly to the couple's receipts. Enter, too, Philip Cavanagh, Gilbert's longtime friend, former lover, and highly strung Best Man. And enter, finally, the Cellinis, Gilbert's huge internecine stepfamily, whose fortune has not been amassed as innocently as Gilbert first thought, and who conform rather more closely to Italian-American stereotypes than Gilbert would like to believe. As Gilbert, Moira, and Philip struggle to keep their plot under wraps, the scams get bigger and more perilous, deceit multiplies, and a wonderfully calamitous trail leads us towards what could be the wedding of the season.
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When the ever-penniless Gilbert Selwyn attends the wedding of his stepfather's niece, Steffie, he discovers a hitherto-unsuspected source of ready cash. Observing his new extended family standing in line to bestow bulging envelopes and expensive cappuccino machines on the happy couple, both he and his reluctantly invited 'date', Moira Finch - a girl whose bare-faced greed surpasses even his own - arrive at the same conclusion: why not get married for the gifts? The trifling objections raised by Gilbert's sexuality (he's gay), his loathing of the bride-to-be, and the apparently Mafioso tendencies of the stepfamily the pair intend to swindle are brushed aside in a haze of champagne cocktails, and the Plan is on. Dragged helplessly in its wake is Philip Cavanagh, Gilbert's ex-lover and intended Best Man, as the trio struggle against increasingly alarming twists of Fate, piling deception on deception in an effort to bring the awful day to a successful conclusion. Joe Keenan is hailed on the cover as 'the award-winning writer of Frasier' - and it shows. The convoluted plot is worthy of P G Wodehouse - fans of Bertie Wooster in particular will recognize a 1990s take on the exploits of that hapless individual - but is often used as a vehicle for one-line jokes and sitcom-style set pieces. Having said that, this is a book that begs to be finished: the sheer magnitude of the disasters befalling the hapless plotters, and the corresponding lunacy of their schemes to extricate themselves at every wrong turn, ensure the pages keep on turning. The plotters themselves and their attendant hangers-on - not to mention the ridiculously Sicilian Cellini family - are absolutely memorable and entirely lacking in redeeming qualities: Vile Bodies meets The Godfather. The finale? Calamity outdoes calamity and one is left with impression of an overly lengthy and particularly vulgar episode of Frasier. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Joe Keenan
Joe Keenan was born in New York and lives in Los Angeles. Head Writer of hit US TV sitcom Frasier for the past decade, he is the author of two novels, Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz.