London Is the Best City in America

London Is the Best City in America

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London is the Best City in America, is the insightful, wickedly funny story of two siblings who have found themselves at a crossroads. In mapping their struggles over one wild and emotional wedding weekend, Laura Dave gives us a brilliantly subtle and honest look at contemporary courtship, family tension, and the angst that we all experience when we have to make difficult choices.Three years ago, Emmy Everett made the painful decision to call off her engagement and leave New York City behind. Since then she has been hiding out in Rhode Island working at a bait and tackle shop and haphazardly shooting a documentary about fishermen's wives. July 4th weekend has rolled around again and Emmy is mustering up the courage to return home to New York (the site of her own failed romance) to celebrate her brother Josh's wedding.En route to his bachelor party, Emmy is shocked when her typically resolute brother confesses that he is having serious doubts about getting married – and he may even be in love with another woman.Emmy is determined to help her brother face up to this decision—the one she fled from herself. With less than twenty-four hours to go before the wedding, she takes Josh on a road trip to find this mystery woman. Along the way, Emmy embraces her own hard-earned lessons about romance, commitment and what happens when we refuse to let go of the past.London is the Best City in Americais a courageous, big-hearted portrait of love, loyalty, and heartbreak. Emmy is lively, wise and, ultimately, very brave as she tries to answer the universal question: how do we take that first step toward making our lives our own? BACKCOVER: “Incredibly deft, utterly satisfying…I love every character. A triumph of a first novel.” —Melissa Bank, author of The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishingand The Wonder Spot “London is the Best City in Americais a delicious comedy of manners and a smart examination of the heart and its desires. What a sparkling debut!” —Susan Isaacs, author of Long Time No See "With its suspenseful plot, endearing heroine and vivid prose, Laura Dave's London is the Best City in Americais an immensely appealing novel. A sparkling debut." —Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780670037568
0670037567
Branch Call Number: FIC Dave 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 246 p

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beareader2 Feb 17, 2015

I enjoyed this book because it is about something that has every possibility of being a true happening in any family's album of life. I hope Laura Dave will write more stories because she sees life as it really is.

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dprodrig
Aug 09, 2011

This is an interesting story where a young women returns home to attend her brother's wedding, only to find out that he's had another woman in his life for a number of years and that he has not yet decided which woman he wants. The marriage is in two days. During this time, while trying to understand her brother, she is also confronted by her failed relationship whereby she left her fiancé (mind you, ages before the wedding details were finalized) and why she did so. A little cheesy, but interesting is how her brother's friend is suddenly a little less annoying than he used to be.

The nice part of this is her impending romance, or possibility thereof does not detract from all the craziness of the moment.

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