- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476789282
- ISBN-13: 978-1476789286
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (728 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel Paperback – May 3, 2016
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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
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“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
“[A] breezy rom-com.”—Us Weekly
“Dave (The First Husband) both charms and pulls at the heartstrings in this well-crafted novel… this winning tale will both satisfy on a literary level and encourage oenophiles to pour themselves a glass of a recent vintage to enjoy while reading; it's a tasty treat for wine lovers and teetotalers alike."— Publishers Weekly
“This novel’s hero discovers the complexity of human relationships and desires amid the well-researched backdrop of a fictional Sonoma winery.”—Wine Enthusiast
“Dave’s tightly woven family drama is best enjoyed with a glass of wine (or two); readers found this one impossible to put down.”
— Elle (#1 Reader's Prize Selection)
"Laura Dave’s latest is just another shining example of her expertise in exploring complex relationships and all the heartache, nuance, and ultimately, joy, that comes with them. "- goop.com
"Eight Hundred Grapes is a quick, fun read, perfect for swallowing in one, delicious gulp rather than careful, measured sips." -Bustle.com
"Your new escapist summer read."- Purewow.com
“Reading Dave is like experiencing the sea-salty edge of a Nicole Holofcener movie that you’ve never seen, with set decoration by Nancy Meyer.”
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"You want meet-cute? Young women and wrong men? Burgeoning careers and best friends? Dave's your gal."
—Washington Post on The First Husband
“What truly sets Dave apart from her peers is her ability to convey the contradictions and imperfections, the inherent impossibility of true love, and yet somehow still make you believe in it."
—Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You on The First Husband
“[The Divorce Party] is funny, absorbing, and heartwarming – like having a glass of wine with your most insightful friend.”
-Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of The One & Only
About the Author
Laura Dave is the international bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes, The First Husband, The Divorce Party and London is the Best City in America. Her novels have been published in fifteen 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 New York City.
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"You have to grow about eight hundred grapes to get just one bottle of wine. If that isn't argument to finish the bottle, I don't know what is. - Anonymous"
That quote has inspired me to henceforth refer to drinking wine as drinking 800 grapes because that just sounds so much more ambitious than drinking a bottle of wine.
This book is told in first person giving us a narrow view of the events that transpire. We only learn things as fast as Georgia does making the story feel more suspenseful and much more personal. The lies and betrayal cut much deeper than they would if the story were told in third person. The only exceptions to this are the flashbacks which are interwoven into the story that we see from Georgia's father's perspective. These flashbacks show us the history of the vineyard and their lives there.
Now maybe this is the wino in me speaking, but I thought Georgia, Finn, and Bobby were extreme lightweights when it comes to drinking, especially considering the fact that their father owns a winery. Georgia passes out after half a bottle of Pinot Noir, and the three of them get drunk on a six pack of beer. I don't drink beer, but I barely even get buzzed drinking an entire bottle of wine and I don't drink nearly as often as these characters seem to. I realize that lightweights exist, my husband is one, but it still seemed rather odd to me.
One of the things that I enjoyed most from this book was that the relationships are rocky and real. They are not idealized perfect relationships which makes them pretty universally relatable, but it also means that they provide real hope to any couple that has hit a bump in their relationship road. It helps to remind us that every happily ever after has it's own challenges.
Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It sucked me in and kept me entertained until the end. I would recommend it to fans of books like Sex in the City and people that enjoy having a good excuse to drink eight hundred grapes on a Tuesday night.
Reviewed on Just Another Girl and Her Books blog
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.
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It made me want a really good glass of wine!