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Title:
The first husband
Author:
Dave, Laura.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
246 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Her happiness shattered by her movie director boyfriend's announcement that he intends to reconnect with a woman from his past, travel columnist Annie Adams impulsively marries a charming chef and attempts to restart her life in rural Massachusetts.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780670022670
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Book

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Summary

A savvy, page-turning novel about a woman torn between her husband and the man she thought she'd marry.

Annie Adams is days away from her thirty-second birthday and thinks she has finally found some happiness. She visits the world's most interesting places for her syndicated travel column and she's happily cohabiting with her movie director boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles. But when Nick comes home from a meeting with his therapist (aka "futures counselor") and announces that he's taking a break from their relationship so he can pursue a woman from his past, the place Annie had come to call home is shattered. Reeling, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin-a grounded, charming chef who seems to be everything Annie didn't know she was looking for. Within three months, Griffin is Annie's husband and Annie finds herself trying to restart her life in rural Massachusetts.

A wry observer of modern love, Laura Dave "steers clear of easy answers to explore the romantic choices we make" ( USA Today ). Her third novel is packed with humor, empathy, and psychological insight about the power of love and home.


Author Notes

Laura Dave was born in New York City on July 18, 1977. She grew up in Scarsdale, New York. Dave graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where she received a B.A. in English. She has an MFA from the University of Virginia's creative writing program.

After graduating from graduate school, she worked a sa freelance journalist for ESPN. She is the author of London Is The Best City In America (2006) and The Divorce Party (2008). The First Husband (2011) and her current New York Times bestseller, Eight Hundred Grapes.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Laura Dave (The Divorce Party, 2009) writes Hollywood-friendly novels, and her latest romantic comedy seems tailor-made for the silver screen, beginning with the opening scene in which travel writer Annie Adams is unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Nick. Before long, Dave arranges the requisite meeting between Annie and handsome chef Griffin, followed by a whirlwind romance, Vegas wedding, and cross-country move from Los Angeles to rural New England, where Annie's fish-out-of-water status is mined for laughs. Trouble in paradise comes in the form of Annie and Griffin's exes, who give Annie reason to question her relationship with Griffin. A job opportunity takes her to London, but she soon realizes where she truly belongs. Cue the mad dash to the airport. This is breezy, popcorn entertainment, strengthened by such secondary characters as Griffin's quirky brother, Jesse, and Dave's use of Annie's travel writing to offer up thoughtful insights on the themes o. hom. an. escape. These pithy observations (There's no such thing as the perfect destination) all but beg for a Carrie Bradshaw-style voice-over narration.--Wetli, Patt. Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Dave (The Divorce Party) delivers an eager to please novel in this story of travel writer Annabelle Adams, whose world is turned upside down when Nick, her boyfriend of five years, leaves her. On the rebound, she meets Griffin, a chef who quickly marries her and whisks her from Los Angeles to his tiny hometown of Williamsburg, Mass. While Griffin is pretty much the perfect husband, Annie soon develops doubts about their relationship, fueled by smalltown living, the craziness of his family, and the unresolved feelings she has surrounding her breakup with Nick. Naturally, Nick resurfaces at a very inopportune moment for Griffin and forces Annie to truly decide between "an old love offering us happily ever after" and "that chance to be our best self." Annie's voice is clear if a bit heavy on Carrie Bradshawisms, and while there isn't much in the way of surprise or actual obstacles blocking the happily-ever-after, it's a cute story, capably told. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Annie Adams's life is on the verge of bursting into full bloom. Having moved to L.A. with her director boyfriend, she finds success as a travel writer, and Nick's career is about to skyrocket him to fame. Then one day Nick comes home and tells Annie he's done with their relationship. After days of depression, Annie musters the energy to dress up and hit the town, where she meets Griffin. Sparks fly immediately, and she soon finds herself married and living in a small Massachusetts town where Griffin is opening his own restaurant. But while Annie loves Griffin, she is conflicted about her new life. Griffin's lovely ex lives around the corner, and Griffin's brother, Jesse, and Jesse's twin boys end up living with the newlyweds. Then Annie loses her travel column and faces life in a small town with personal complications and no job direction. When Nick arrives to take her back, she has to make a difficult decision. VERDICT Dave follows The Divorce Party and London Is the Best City in America with this page-turning story about modern love and what makes one feel safe and at home. It is sure to attract readers who enjoy Emily Giffin.-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.