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Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige

(2008)
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The best advice for the mother of the groom? Keep your mouth shut and wear beige!

Darcy Van Aiken is doing just fine, thank you. She's an ICU nurse with an 'amicable' divorce from her ex-husband, Mike, two great kids, and a prescription for Ritalin. Then her older son, Jeremy, gets engaged to Cami Zander-Brown---daughter of a wealthy New York family---and her world gets turned upside down. The source of her trouble, much to Darcy's surprise, is not in the form of Rose Zander-Brown, Cami's elegant and accomplished mother. Nor is it in the form of Guy Zander-Brown, Cami's charismatic and wildly successful literary agent father. Instead, lurking in the shadows of Mike's new life is the beautifully dressed Claudia, a self-described 'managed perfectionist.'

The Zander-Browns have money. Lots of money. The plans for their daughter's dream wedding grow more fabulous by the day, and loving every minute is Claudia. With her perfect taste, Claudia can't help thinking she would make a much better mother of the groom than Darcy. This wedding is her chance to entrench herself in Mike's life---and take credit for the two sons Darcy has worked so hard to raise right.

It's a battle of will and wits. What Darcy learns about herself---and about family and friendship---makes for a delicious, hilarious, touching read.


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Praise for this book

"It's bad enough when two mothers plan an event as fraught as a wedding, but what happens when the ex-husband's new girlfriend elbows her way in? Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige adds the mother of the groom to literature's rich collection of long-suffering women. When Seidel's heroine refuses to suffer in silence, the results are both poignant and hilarious." - Debra Galant

"Seidel writes with subtle wit and true emotion... She knows how to write about the things women care about... a thought-provoking, fascinating read." - Susan Elizabeth Phillips


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Used availability for Kathleen Gilles Seidel's Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige

Hardback Editions

August 2010 : UK Hardback

Title: Keep Your Mouth Shut And Wear Beige
Author(s): Kathleen Gilles Seidel
ISBN: 1-4448-0330-1 / 978-1-4448-0330-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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September 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige (Premier Fiction)
Author(s): Kathleen Gilles Seidel
ISBN: 1-60285-264-2 / 978-1-60285-264-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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May 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige
Author(s): Kathleen Gilles Seidel
ISBN: 0-312-36774-0 / 978-0-312-36774-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige
Author(s): Kathleen Gilles Seidel
ISBN: 0-330-46137-0 / 978-0-330-46137-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige: A Novel
Author(s): Kathleen Gilles Seidel
ISBN: 0-312-36775-9 / 978-0-312-36775-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Kindle Editions

May 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige
Author(s): Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Publisher: Pan
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May 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige: A Novel
Author(s): Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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