The Weddings, is an intriguing short story looking at gay relationships within the dynamics of marriage, somewhat satirical, somewhat deferential. Marriage, now a legally recognised possibility that has opened up for gay partnerships but the same criteria and decisions need to be made on a personal level. None shout louder than loyalty, commitment and truth.
Jack Cho is a forty-two-year-old Korean man, invited to a gay wedding along with his partner Caleb. The wedding stirs emotions in Jack and the seed of a desire to consider a marriage with Caleb begins. Shortly after this first wedding, Jack is invited to the wedding of a friend from the past, Scott, and his Korean girlfriend Soon-mi. Jack and Caleb accept but for Jack, the decision has an emotional draw, as he and Scott have a hidden history.
Scott is enthralled with Asian culture and people, and while leading a heterosexual public persona, had a fling with Jack, whom he claims was the only man he’d ever been with. Jack has a deep attraction to Scott and has always yearned for the time they spent together, something he has kept from Caleb. Caleb has shown restraint by not pushing the burning questions – what are they doing at the wedding and what is the history between Jack and Scott.
What was fascinating in the story was the mix of emotions and scenarios which were painted so carefully, with such wonderful writing. The blend of desire, disloyalty, lies, falsehoods, and commitment, keep the story engrossing as we watch how each engagement acts out often with a huge flavouring of irony.
The Weddings, is the fifth book of the Inheritance Collection and I would recommend reading it. Not my favourite in the series but a solid story 4 stars.