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Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel Paperback – May 3, 2016
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PRAISE FOR EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES
NAMED "BEST BOOK OF THE SUMMER" BY * GLAMOUR * MARIE CLAIRE * US WEEKLY * THE NEW YORK OBSERVER * THE BOSTON GLOBE * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * GOOP * COSMOPOLITAN * ELLE * WINE ENTHUSIAST * WOMAN'S DAY * REDBOOK * HEALTH * METRO NEW YORK * INSTYLE * POPSUGAR * CBS LOCAL * BOOK TRIB * THE A.V. CLUB
#1 LIBRARY READS PICK
“I couldn't put Eight Hundred Grapes down! Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she's describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapes is a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life's work.”
—J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and The Engagements
“Laura Dave paints Sonoma County and its inhabitants with both warmth and smarts in this delicious novel. Eight Hundred Grapes is fun and thought-provoking, and is guaranteed to make you deeply thirsty for some Pinot Noir.”
—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers
"Endearingly quirky...winningly explores the romantic choices we make."
—USA Today on London Is the Best City in America
“Resolutions arrive slowly and often unexpectedly for each of them, giving this satisfying novel legs. A lovelorn winemaker's daughter seeks the right way to crush sour grapes into a winning blend.”
“A charming summer read with depth, just perfect with a glass of California wine.”
“Secrets and love affairs on a Sonoma vineyard mean reading with wine is basically mandatory.”
“Need a vacation? Dave will transport you with mouthwatering lasagna, breathtaking vistas – and an unforgettable lesson in loyalty.”
“The fabulous Laura Dave is back with another tale of love, marriage, and family.”
“The idyllic life of Georgia Ford is crashing down – oh, and it’s just days before her wedding. Cue cold feet.”
— US Weekly
About the Author
Laura Dave is the international bestselling author of Hello, Sunshine, Eight Hundred Grapes, The First Husband, The Divorce Party, and London Is the Best City in America. Her novels have been published in eighteen countries and optioned as major motion pictures. Dave’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Self, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Santa Monica.
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The author appears to have an extensive knowledge of grapes, wine and the process of winemaking. Without going into too much technical detail, she beautifully describes the love and passion and pride that Georgia's father put into his work. She describes, through Georgia's words "My father never measured success [as] reaching the tip-top of something, as if there was an objective tip-top. My father measured it by how well you figured out what you wanted for your life--what you needed to be happy." Indeed!
As each of the secrets gets revealed, you find yourself drawn into the story. That's what makes it for me--being drawn in so that I cannot put the book down. This is a beautifully crafted story, full of wonderful characters, all so likeable even with their flaws.
Or perhaps because of them.
I was surprised with how quickly this novel sucked me into the plot. There is little warm up - from the first page you are tossed into the drama which takes place roughly over a week or so (with plenty of flashbacks to tell the backstory). Each character has their own story and secrets and when you think you've unraveled one another one comes around the corner.
While I really enjoyed the read it almost had TOO many people with too many dramas. It almost was hard to put together who was whom (especially all the M names). A small gripe but really, that's my only one with the novel.
Perfect read for the summer or anytime. Easy to pick up and read where you left off but it's likely you won't want to put it down.