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Something Borrowed: A Novel Paperback – March 10, 2005
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Amazon Exclusive: A Conversation Between Kristin Hannah and Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin (left) is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, which has been adapted as a major motion picture that will be in theaters in summer 2011. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her family.
Kristin Hannah (right) is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, including Winter Garden. She is a former lawyer turned writer and the mother of one son. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
Kristin Hannah: Well, first, I have to say, Emily, that I am just the tiniest bit irritated with you. When I got the call to do this interview, I was thrilled, to say the least. It came at a really busy time for me--right after the holidays and we all know how crazy that is--and my work in progress was giving me fits. Then I picked up
Emily Giffin: It never fails to thrill me when someone responds to one of my novels--especially when it's another writer. Writers understand the alchemy involved in making up something from nothing. And I just finished your book,
Kristin: Ah, the idea question. I don't want to sound coy, but the truth is, I don't quite know. It's the most magical part of the process for me. I'm a pretty analytical gal, and I approach writing in the same just-the-facts-ma'am way I approach most things. I need to find an issue that engages me on an intellectual level, and then I need to marry that curiosity with a kind of passion. I need to feel genuinely passionate about each story before I ever write a word, and I have to actually have something to say. It takes me at least a year to research and write a novel, and so I have to really adore each part of it--the characters, setting, story. Most of all, it has to make me feel something genuine. That's really the most important component. Usually it begins with a single "what if" question--what if you discovered your mother had a whole secret life about which you knew nothing (
Kristin: I'm amazed by how much we have in common. We're both moms, both lawyers, both lived in London for a time. You're like a younger, cooler version of me. How did you make the transition from lawyer to writer, and do you think you'll ever practice law again?
Emily: I would hardly say I'm cooler than you, Kristin! I hear you live in Hawaii part time! What is cooler than that? I made the transition from lawyer to writer because I was so miserable being a lawyer that I needed some escape from the day-to-day of it. And inventing stories was that escape. I can say, without hesitation, that I will never practice law again. Would you? What kind of law did you practice, and for how long? What did you find appealing (or discouraging) about law? Did you find that it gave you fodder for any of your novels?
Kristin: Honestly, I have met very few lawyers who don't say that what they really want to do is write. Like you, I can say with certainty that I will never practice law again. Not that anyone would want me to. But I still keep my Bar membership up...just in case this whole writing thing doesn't work out. And yes, in the past few years, I have finally begun to put some of that law school education to work for me. I find that I'm really enjoying adding legal issues to my work. Of course, I have to talk to real lawyers to make sure I'm getting it right...Read more of the conversation between Emily Giffin and Kristin Hannah
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Jennifer Wiltsie's warm, emotionally expressive voice immediately draws listeners into Giffin's story and makes them sympathize with Rachel, whose growing attraction to her best friend's fiancé eventually develops into a guilt-ridden affair. Wiltsie handles the other characters deftly; Rachel's best friend, Darcy, is especially vivid (and hilariously shallow and self-centered), and Rachel and Dex's romance is portrayed with exceptional sensitivity. This is definitely one to bring along in the beach bag this summer. A St. Martin's hardcover. (May)
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Best friends since childhood, Rachel has grown accustomed to being Darcy's shadow. Darcy got the boys, the attention and anything else she could get her hands on. Meanwhile, Rachel always saw the best in Darcy and made excuses for her. That is, until Rachel's 30th birthday party, when she gets drunk and hooks up with Darcy's fiance, Dex. Initially thinking of it as a drunken mistake, Rachel soon learns that it's anything but. Feelings for each other since law school, Rachel and Dex begin having an affair even though Dex has yet to call off his September wedding with Darcy. Straight-laced, ll around good-girl, Rachel learns "the world is not that black and white...There are no moral absolutes. It is complex." Darcy has her many faults as a friend but that doesn't mean she deserves to be cheated on. Both Rachel and Dex struggle with doing what's morally right and doing what they've always wanted to do: be together.
Life is more complicated than "yes" and "no" answers and Giffin articulates it well through multidimensional characters and complex plot line. Without a doubt, cheating is just plain wrong, but sometimes there's more to the story than the cover alludes. "Something Borrowed" may be chic lit but it comes with realistic characters we can relate to and valuable lessons all of us can learn from.
I’m pretty bummed that it took me so long to read Something Borrowed, because I really liked it, even more than Something Blue. I felt it was easier to relate to the main character, Rachel, than to her “BFF” Darcy (the main character of the other book, Something Blue). And by “relating” I don’t mean “approving” Rachel’s behavior. I felt I could understand what she was going through and her finally realizing that to win some, you also have to be prepared to lose some.
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I was completely thrilled to read this first book of an amazing new series Darcy & Rachel. Written by the amazing Emily Griffin.Read more