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In Dave's winning debut, narrator Emmy Everett is a sensitive and introspective young woman who is emotionally and geographically paralyzed. Ever since ditching her sleeping fiancé in a Rhode Island motel, Emmy has lived in the quiet fishing village of Naragansett, working at a bait shop and putting together an interminable documentary on fishermen's wives. Three years pass, and her beloved big brother, Josh—funny, smart and successful—is getting married, forcing Emmy out of her self-imposed exile for a weekend in the New York City suburb of Scarsdale. With 72 hours to the wedding, Emmy finds Josh confused: does he want to marry Meryl, or be with Elizabeth, the woman he's been seeing on the side? Emmy agrees to join Josh on the eve of the wedding for a daylong trip to find Elizabeth and, hopefully, what "the right thing to do" really is. The intriguing Elizabeth, as well as the authenticity of the relationship between Emmy and Josh, make the conflict credible and involving. It's hard not to root for these vivid characters; even the heroine's high school flame, Josh's best friend Jaime Daniel Berringer, is distinctive and likable, making Emmy's interest in him contagious. Josh and Emmy's happy, exasperating parents and Josh's buoyant sister in-law-to-be round out the cast, giving readers plenty of reasons to enjoy this promising new author. (May)
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Dave's absorbing, piercing debut takes place over a weekend. Emmy Everett, who has been living in Rhode Island and working at a tackle shop since leaving her fiance three years earlier, reluctantly returns to Scarsdale, New York, for the wedding of her older brother, Josh, to his longtime girlfriend, Meryl. Emmy is shocked when Josh tells her he's been seeing another woman, Elizabeth, on the side. Elizabeth, a thirtysomething single mother with a teenage daughter, is nothing like the polished, sophisticated Meryl, but when Emmy meets her and her daughter, Grace, she realizes nothing is as clear-cut as it seems. Josh's struggle over what he wants gives Emmy insight into her own inertia and her failed relationship with Matt, whom Emmy finds she is not quite over. So much happens in Dave's wonderfully plotted first novel that it's hard to believe the events all occur in the space of a few days. Dave expertly captures the ennui and indecision many twenty- and thirtysomethings grapple with when faced with big, life-changing decisions. Kristine Huntley
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This is one of my favorite books. It's dives into the complications and regrets of past relationships. I love to take out quotes from this book because there are beautiful ones. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by The Reader 1991
Fun easy quick read. Perfect book to pack along in your beach bag. Keeps you entertained the whole time .Published 3 months ago by Katie
I kept waiting for something significant or interesting to happen and it just never did. I don't like her style of writing and the story was just plain boring! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Danna Christopher
Yes it was well written, but I didn't enjoy some of the choices made by characters in this novel. Mostly the men. Just didn't sit well with me. Selfish from the start. Read morePublished 13 months ago by richard/sharon
This book was ok. It made for good background noise as a drove to work, instead of having to listen to the radio.Published 19 months ago by Roxms2003
Quick read and definitly would read again. I even did a review of it on my blog [...] I look forward to reading more of Laura Dave's books.Published 23 months ago by Katie Keltner
This book was recommended because it was supposed to be "similar" in genre to Liane Moriarty's writing. I completely disagree! Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by M2Crabby
Great chick lit but with some substance that makes you think about what's important in a relationship. This book was entertaining and made me introspective at the same time. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Laddy
This is a hard book for me to review. First, Ms. Dave is an absolutely fantastic writer. Her story flows and her word choices are exceptional. For that: 5 stars. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Jane Myers Perrine