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Buzz Book Club: The End of The Wishbones

Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! We've finally come to the end of Tom Perrotta's The Wishbones and unfortunately the main character, Dave, just might be one of the least appealing protagonists I've come across. But that's how it goes sometimes. Mostly I'm still scratching my head at the fact that someone's going to make a movie out of this. The folks in charge of bringing this to the screen will hopefully (maybe?) make Dave a little less awful.

Anyway, here's how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I've suggested chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, was every Friday in August). In these weekly Book Club posts, I posited a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the September selection for the Buzz Book Club!

To discuss the final section of The Wishbones, in which we read from the beginning of the chapter titled "Karma House" through the end of the book,


The ending left me so appalled by Dave's actions that in lieu of the usual questions, I thought this time around I'd compose a bullet point list of the crappy stuff Dave does and how it made me feel (well, OK, you kinda already know that):

  • He let his brother read his ex-lover's poem at his wedding! Who does that? Then Julie asks, "Where'd he dig that up?" And Dave seems to see nothing even remotely twisted about it! Does the fact that Dave could stomach that (and even encourage it!) make him morally depraved?
  • Toward the end, when Dave and Julie have sex before the wedding, it's like Dave's attitude changes to "Well, I don't love her, but we had really hot sex, so I guess Julie's OK." He's just so infuriating!
  • And then at the reception he pleads with her, like the whiny 5-year-old he is, to let him have "just one more song." Why did he marry this woman if he seems to think she's such a drag?! Argh!
  • I do have this question: Who could you see saddled with the burden of playing Dave in the movie?
  • And finally, out of curiosity, do you think there's any merit (at all) to Dave not telling Julie about Gretchen? Is ignorance bliss in this case? Or is there never a case when honesty is not the best policy?
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Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Dave knows this is a "good wedding" but I wonder how much thought he's given to whether his union with Julie is a good marriage? One thing that can be said about him is that he is consistent; he shows little (if any) growth. It's all about him. He uses the excuse that the time and place is never right for saying and doing the right thing and so he continues on his long journey to nowhere. Too bad Julie can't see that. When he allowed his brother to read Gretchen's poem at the reception, he proved just how immature he is. Perrotta is an astute observer of people and place; I have to guess that he really wants us to dislike Dave after he's taken him on his journey. If that is the case, he succeeded 100%!
adw7984 adw7984 8 years
-There is something seriously wrong with Dave; he has no conscience it seems. Letting his brother read that poem at the wedding was ridiculous, why not invite Gretchen and sit her at the head table! -Yeah, I hated the ending. I felt a lot was left unresolved. Does one night of good sex really make him think their marriage will work? -I think the movie version of Dave would be someone who is quite detestable as a person. Someone from Jackass maybe? Why would they even make this a movie!? -I do believe Dave should have told Julie. She doesn't deserve to be with someone to do that, and in my opinion before the wedding is the time to decide that!
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