The First Husband: A Novel

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"A fresh, funny take on the search for a soulmate." —People

Laura Dave has already won adoring fans everywhere from Hollywood to the heartland. Now, with a slew of rave reviews and astute insights about modern love, The First Husband is certain to deliver her breakout success. Los Angeles–based travel writer Annie Adams thinks she has it all. Nick, her longtime film director boyfriend, has finally hit the big time, her column is syndicated, ...

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"A fresh, funny take on the search for a soulmate." —People

Laura Dave has already won adoring fans everywhere from Hollywood to the heartland. Now, with a slew of rave reviews and astute insights about modern love, The First Husband is certain to deliver her breakout success. Los Angeles–based travel writer Annie Adams thinks she has it all. Nick, her longtime film director boyfriend, has finally hit the big time, her column is syndicated, and they've got a great dog. Then Nick moves out. Three months later, Annie is married to Griffin, a down-to-earth chef with a restaurant in the Berkshires. When Nick asks for a second chance, Annie is torn between her husband and the man she might have been meant to marry.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A fresh funny take on the search for a soulmate." —People Magazine

"A wry, intelligent novel that is playful, unpredictable and emotionally resonant." —USA Today

"What distinguishes Dave are her keen observations about the difficulty of creating lasting love in a freedom obsessed society. A decadent novel with an ending as satisfying as cream cheese frosting." —Marie Claire

"Compulsively readable. The story has it all: a heroine I couldn't help but root for, a budding romance I wanted to succeed, and an ending that left me smiling." —Woman's World

"Positively shines with wisdom and intelligence. 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

"In an honest and heartfelt tale, Laura Dave masterfully explores the big questions: Should you have said yes? Waited? Answered that call you ignored? Filled with sparkling wit and pithy observation, The First Husband is everything I love about contemporary women's fiction." —Jen Lancaster, author of If You Were Here

"For anyone who wonders if she has found 'the one,' The First Husband is a wonderfully witty novel about love and loss, and about how to find a happy home. I loved every moment, every page, and you will too." —Allison Winn Scotch, author of The One That I Want

"You want meet-cute? Young women and wrong men? Burgeoning careers and best friends? Dave's your gal." —Washington Post 

"Fizzy, amusing." —Entertainment Weekly

"An inspring account of a woman who ceases her external travels to become her own compass. I have more insight into my own life after reading this book, and I thank Laura Dave for that gift." —Publishers Weekly

"The First Husband is a witty and insightful look at love and the human dilemma of making the right choice about marriage." —Psychology Today

"[A] page-turning story about modern love and what makes one feel safe and at home. It is sure to attract readers who enjoy Emily Giffin." —Library Journal

"Clever, funny, relatable, and not predictable. I was completely wooed." —Yahoo Shine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143121022
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 628,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Dave

Laura Dave is the author of the acclaimed novel London is the Best City in America. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Self, Redbook, ESPN the Magazine, and The New York Observer. Cosmopolitan magazine recently named her one of the “Fun and Fearless Phenoms” of the year. Dave currently lives in California, where she is at work on a new novel.

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Annie Adams is just about to turn thirty-two and she's finally found happiness. As a syndicated travel columnist, she gets paid to visit the world's most interesting places. She's contentedly living with her longtime boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles, whose career as a film director is finally taking off. So, even though watching Roman Holiday has seemingly been linked to some of the worst moments of her life, when she has the chance to sit down and treat herself to her favorite movie, she doesn't hesitate.

As it turns out, the Roman Holiday curse is still very much in effect: Within hours of watching it, Annie is confronted by Nick's arrival home after a meeting with his therapist (a.k.a. "futures counselor") who has advised Nick to break up with Annie so that he can pursue a love interest from his past. Just like that, Annie's perfect world has crumbled.

Annie is devastated. Her best friend Jordan, who also happens to be Nick's sister, begs Annie to join her on a trip to Italy, but Annie decides that for once she's in no shape to travel. Instead, she puts on her favorite yellow dress and heads out to her neighborhood bar for a drink, attempting to salvage her dignity and prove to herself (and Jordan) that she can act like the opposite of herself during this time of emotional crisis. When she arrives, Annie notices that her favorite bartender isn't behind the bar. Instead, it's a friendly, curly-haired chef named Griffin who immediately charms Annie with his easy banter and lobster scrambled eggs.

Within months, the two are married and relocated to Griffin's hometown in rural Massachusetts, where Griffin is opening his own restaurant. Annie is prepared to exchange her peripatetic lifestyle for a more authentic and grounded existence. When they get there, Annie makes a few discoveries: She's got more family than she bargained for, Griffin is haunted by his own romantic past, and Williamsburg is achingly cold most of the year. Suddenly she's not sure if she's cut out for this new life.

Laura Dave's third novel is the story of an independent young woman trying to redefine herself when everything she thought she knew is thrown into question. In Annie Adams, Dave has created a witty and sympathetic romantic heroine searching for home on her own terms. Warm, funny, and relatable, The First Husband is full of wit and insight about the complexity of modern love.


Laura Dave is the author of the acclaimed novels The Divorce Party and London is the Best City in America. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Glamour and on NPR's All Things Considered. A New York native, she now lives in Los Angeles.


Q. The title of this book is provocative, in that it suggests that Annie may eventually divorce and take a "second" husband. How did you settle on this title, and what does it mean to you?

For me, my work on The First Husband started with a question: How do we avoid living our lives in reaction; how do we operate from a place of agency? As I was contemplating this, I imagined a conversation between two women—very much like the characters of Annie and Jordan—who were discussing how one of them married quickly after a traumatic breakup, perhaps, in part, to convince the world she was okay.

Which brings me to the question of how I settled on the title The First Husband. As I was contemplating this conversation, I imagined Jordan trying to convince Annie to leave her quickie and reactive union by arguing the point: "He's just your first husband." I wanted to take a look at the irony of that ideology and, in the process, have an opportunity to begin to answer my question about how we become proactive in our own happiness.

The First Husband title is also a bit of a wink to Nick, who Annie thought was going to be her life partner. So many of us, like Annie, have such serious relationships before marriage that this person we end up parting with is almost like a first husband or first wife. I liked that the title could speak to that as well.

Q. From the very beginning of the book we learn that Annie has a bad history with Roman Holiday. What role does this superstitious belief play in her life? Why did you choose Roman Holiday as Annie's unlucky film?

Let me tackle the element of superstition first. The fact is—for better or worse—Roman Holiday has been involved with several traumatic incidents in Annie's life and, in the process, it has taken on the power inanimate objects sometimes have for us. Like a lucky baseball shirt that a fan will wear all season, or a penny found on tails… We know rationally that these objects should have no impact on external events, yet who says belief has anything to do with being rational? I think sometimes it's comforting to believe we know the root of our luck—or our unrest—so we feel like we can control it. This is certainly the case with Annie, who can't help but feel that if she keeps Roman Holiday off her television screen, she will keep herself safe.

As for why I chose Roman Holiday as Annie's unlucky film, I have a variety of reasons. For one, Roman Holiday is the ultimate romantic movie—full of hope and fantasy. I liked the idea that someone could associate such a sweet story—starring Audrey Hepburn at her loveable best—with such turmoil. There is also a thematic connection: Annie and Hepburn's character in the movie both think they want to escape from their lives. But when you look deeper, they are each actually looking for the opposite of escape—they are looking for love and belonging. I wanted to highlight that connection.

Q. How well did you know Annie before you started to write? Did you understand her completely, or did the process of writing this book parallel her journey of getting to know herself?

There are certain elements of Annie that I knew intimately before I started writing The First Husband. As close to the vest as I have Annie keeps things, she inadvertently shares a lot about her fears and her hopes, right from the first introduction. I loved this paradox about her: the fact that as much as she has carefully organized her life to keep people at a safe distance, she also can't help but cave to her deeper desire for closeness. I liked knowing I was going to watch her bridge that divide.

At the same time, Annie surprised me constantly as I was working on the book. And I did, ultimately, feel like writing this book paralleled her journey in many important ways. Most notably, I was so pleased with where she ended up. I was so pleased for her to have such a truly happy ending.

Q. Throughout the book, you interject insights Annie has gleaned from writing her travel column "Checking Out." What inspired you to include these passages? What have you personally written about travel?

Annie has been living her life for a long time according to her personal dictum of how to approach travel: explore, escape, repeat. Part of Annie's journey is to find her way to something more rewarding—which has very little to do with her typical exit strategies. Instead, she needs to do the hard work of figuring out the answer to a far more complicated question: How do I stay still long enough to build something that counts? As Annie stumbles toward the answer that is right for her, she begins to live a life far richer and more expansive than the one she imagined for herself. The column provides the opportunity to showcase this shift.

As for my personal experience writing travel pieces, I do have some. From 2008 – 2010, I wrote a column for Cosmo Italy that often involved travel and certainly encouraged me to think about the places I was seeing in different ways. This was very useful in helping me think about Annie's motivations.

Q. In Griffin and Annie, you've written the ideal whirlwind romance. What do you think makes a great love story?

With all the time I spend exploring this in my work, I can't believe I have such a succinct answer. But here it is. Two people who make each other better.

Q. Annie is obsessed with homes—namely, other people's homes, which she photographs when she travels. What role does her unsettled life play in this obsession?

I once had a writing teacher who wisely said: "We write about the things we are trying to figure out. The things that elude us." This idea really resonated with me. And I think it is certainly why Annie photographs what she does. After such an unsettled childhood—and self-chosen unsettled adulthood—she is trying to figure out what different homes look like. What she would want hers to look like. Which, of course, is the first necessary step to that kind of creation.

Q. This novel seems to be about the struggle over potentially conflicting desires to develop a career, commit to a relationship, and choose a home. How did you decide to write about this particular conflict?

Over the course of writing The First Husband, one question kept coming to the forefront of my mind: How do we decide what really matters to us? With so many options of how our lives can look, we often create what I call dabbling lives: lives where we give 60 percent of ourselves to several things and never fully commit to any of them. At first, this can seem more comforting—we're not closing any doors; we're not missing out on any opportunities. But, at least in terms of my own life, I've realized that the full level of commitment to a few things—even if it means closing the door on others—is the primary way to feel fulfilled.

But what a hard road! To close doors, to say good-byes. To stand up and say this is what matters to me. Watching Annie do that—especially in an unconventional way—was my favorite part of working on The First Husband. Or, I should say, readers telling me they've garnered insight into their own lives in following Annie's journey—that is my favorite part.

Q. The book's ending, with the exchange between Jordan and Annie, almost suggests that there could be a sequel. What might the future hold for these characters?

Happiness, I hope. And a lifetime of having each other to count on, which keeps them both grounded and true to whom they most want to be.

Q. When Nick returns to find Annie in Massachusetts, he makes a surprisingly romantic gesture. How did you decide which man Annie would end up with? And what difficulties did you encounter when making this decision?

I'm going to sidestep the question of how I decided who Annie would end up with, but only to say something I truly believe: Annie was deciding which Annie she was going to end up with. First and foremost, this was what she was doing. The men represented the two paths she could take: was she going to choose the man who made her feel less-than? Or the one who challenged her to be her best self because of the wonderful and scary things their relationship demanded? The answer would have a large impact for her, so in choosing, I had a lot to reconcile for her.

And in terms of Nick's big romantic gesture, it speaks to my theory about the big romantic gesture, which I think is far less loving than the small romantic gestures which happen on an everyday level when you are really showing up for your partner. But poor Nick. He is still a complicated one for me in that he does what so many of us do: he makes the needed changes, but when they aren't needed anymore. It pains me to see it.

Q. In the end, Annie is forced to choose not just between Nick and Griffin, but between her old career and Griffin. How will she feel about this choice in the long run?

My ultimate goal for Annie was a simple one: I wanted her to move closer to her authentic self. Ironically, for many of us who, like Annie, spend our lives looking toward horizons we want to explore next, this is often the hardest trek we have to take. Because it involves stillness, and compliance, and often sacrifice.

Annie ultimately sacrifices not only her job (which wasn't right for her in the way it once was), but what the job afforded her, which was the chance to hold onto every possibility that her life could be moving in any direction at any time. I think she will be happy in the long run to realize that she actually took the most rewarding road she could take. Because—regardless of her relationship or her newfound home or what might be a far more rewarding career to come—it was the road that led her closer to who she most wants to be.


  • In the first chapter, Annie explains that she has brought her own problems on herself. How has she done this? Do you think she's actually responsible?
  • Annie believes that many people travel not merely to escape but to actually believe that they're not going home again. How does this insight relate to her life choices?
  • Early on, Jordan advises that Annie be the "opposite of" herself (p. 21) to get over the breakup with
  • Nick. In your opinion, how does she do?
  • Griffin insists that he and Annie don't share too many details about their past relationships. Why does he want to keep their past relationships in the past?
  • Annie's marriage to Griffin follows a fairly quick courtship. What might have motivated her to marry him so quickly? Do you think Annie would have fewer doubts about the marriage if they had spent more time dating?
  • When Jordan arrives in Williamsburg, she has some harsh words for Annie about her choices. What is her motivation behind this?
  • After Annie's disastrous visit from Jordan, she ends up drinking bourbon with Jesse. He suggests she would have "gone off the deep end" whether she'd stayed in L.A. or moved to Massachusetts, suggesting that it was progress of sorts (p. 143). Why is this the case?
  • When Nick reappears in Annie's life, he seems to have changed. What do you see in their future?
  • Annie's readymade life in London seems nearly perfect. What convinces her that she has to give it up?
  • Throughout the book, Annie explains the various elements of her column, such as "Open Your Eyes" and "Take the Wrong Exit." How does Annie's journey in this book resemble her columns?
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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Lots of fun!

    The First Husband is full of laughs and serves as a "peek inside" your own life.

    Annie Adams, 31, leads an exciting life. As a writer for a syndicated travel column, she has the opportunity to visit exotic places and secret hide-a-ways in search of the perfect story. Upon her return from each adventure, she comes home to her live in boyfriend, Nick Campbell, who is a struggling movie director in Los Angeles. Annie seems to be living a dream exciting and fullfilling career and the perfect relationship with the perfect and handsome guy..and then..

    An announcement from this perfect guy that he needs to put their relationship on hold because he's not sure he's over an old flame, sends her to the closest bar to ease her pain. She meets Griffin, a chef with an overload of charm and charisma at a beachside restaurant. She learns her job is in potential danger since the paper has been taken over by a new owner.

    Griffin needs to return to his home town in Massachusetts to open his own restaurant. Annie doesn't want to lose this connection so she takes a chance and goes with him, stopping by Las Vegas, first at a little wedding chapel and makes it official.

    Upon their arrival, their love is put to the test with frenzied family drama. As the warts come out, the real Griffin is revealed. Annie starts to question whether her rash decision to marry a man she hardly knew was the right one. A lot more to come.Enjoy!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Highly Recommend The First Husband

    Author Laura Dave first captured my attention with London Is the Best City in America, continued to enchant me with The Divorce Party, and has once again exceeded my high expectations with her latest novel, The First Husband. The story of Annie Adams, just shy of 32 and fresh off a breakup from her live-in boyfriend, could easily slip into cookie cutter territory, but Dave steers away from the predictable and embraces all the nitty-gritty, rough edges of relationships, exploring love and loss with reality-colored glasses on. Put simply, have you ever read a book and thought to yourself, "In the movie version of this, who can I see playing the protagonist/main character?" You proceed to check through a list of celebrities, then come as close as you can to casting perfection. Well, with The First Husband (as well as Dave's other amazing books), I can see myself as the main character-not in a narcissistic way, but in a relatable, real way. It's like Dave crawled inside my head and plucked out various thoughts and feelings I've had over the years regarding love, life, career and family. In short, Dave writes for her readers, not at them. In The First Husband, I adore Dave's ability to seamlessly reference Saved By The Bell while explaining a friendship's back story, her observation of the perils of the Internet ("Nowadays you've got to try not to get emotionally involved with someone else; you have to try not to reach out to an old fling and start shrieking about maybe we're meant to be."), how she ponders the advice: "be the opposite of you", her use of a Wilco concert as a major plot point, and the way she notes the use of Facebook "status" (as a way of proclaiming you're "over" someone else). Among the highlights of The First Husband: the intriguing "worst/best thing" question, which would have made my life much easier had I had it as my litmus test for men back when I was dating; an observation on breakups: "That's the brutality of a breakup, right? The people leaving think they did everything possible, the people left behind think what is possible hasn't even been tested yet"; an observation about the path we choose: "When you saw where the truth was, you wanted to get to it as quickly as you could, before you lost sight of it again"; and a gem about life in general, or whatever problem you're faced with: "When you're willing to do the work, it's amazing what can be saved." I can't imagine how Dave will top The First Husband, but I can't wait to find out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    Excellent read

    Annie Adams has spent her entire life moving around. It's no surprise when she lands a job traveling the world writing a syndicated travel column. She is living with good looking long term boyfriend, Nick and their dog. Nick's career as a film director is about to take off. They seem to have it all.or so Annie thought. Nick pulls the rug under her when he reveals he has reconnected with an old flame and needs to see where it leads. Reeling over his announcement, her best friend Jordan tells her to go have fun. He'll be back! Feeling as if she has no idea how to be fun, Jordan tells her to be the opposite of herself.and she does exactly that.
    Three months later, Annie is living in a small Massachusetts town married to Griffin. She took her friends advice all right. Suddenly, Annie is in a world she has never known. Her brother-in-law and his twin sons live with them, her new mother-in-law appears to wish Griffin had chosen his once upon a time long term girlfriend that oops Griffin forgot to mention how long they dated! Could their marriage really just be a rebound relationship for both of them? Jordan thinks so and so does Nick who comes back to claim the women and the life he wants back.
    All this sends Annie moving, the only thing that feels safe to her. She has to ask herself who is the man she is really meant to spend her life with.
    The story itself was not all that different than other books I've read. But what this book has is the protagonist, Annie do some self exploring. She asked herself some tough questions and looked for real answers. She had a best friend giving her advice counter to what I would have said to her-something I can't say I've seen a lot of. Usually the best friend acts as an agent of the readers, I found this completely refreshing! This is a book that has everything a good book should have and more.
    I have heard fabulous things about Laura Dave. This was my first Laura Dave book, and it did not disappoint. This was such a great book and I know I'm going to be reading Laura Dave's books from here on out. Not only am I going to recommend this book, but I'll go one further and say if you can't get your hands on a copy of this book read one of her others! This isn't just a good book this is a good author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    I couldn't put it down!

    I literally read this book cover to cover without stopping, but for to take care of my children. But every spare moment I had, I was reading, until I finished it the same day I started it. I have loved everything I've read by Laura Dave, and this was no exception. Just a great view on life and the roads we take along the journey.

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

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    An Interesting Debut! Laura Dave¿s novel is an interesting read

    An Interesting Debut!
    Laura Dave’s novel is an interesting read. Thank you to Penguin for sending this novel to me.
    Annie sat down to watch her favorite movie Roman Holiday. There is one catch; every time she watches the movie something bad happens. So the movie is often pulled out with some hesitation. After recently watching the movie her husband Nick arrives to tell her that he wants to separate. He needs freedom to explore what he truly wants. Annie is devastated and goes out at the encouragement of her best friend Jordan. She goes to the usual hotel for a drink and meets an unusual bar tender. They soon develop a relationship which leads to a very unusual family. Who will she choose the bar tender or Nick? How will her career play into her decision?
    My Thoughts:
    As I said that this novel was an interesting read. The plot is the most fascinating aspect of the novel. Would you choose to go back to your first husband? Or continue with the second husband? How does career play a part in both? I was interested to see how the author would draw this novel to a conclusion. I also felt that this plot line is a little new to me.
    I am afraid this novel did not keep my interest as much as I would have liked. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped considering all the rave reviews from great authors like Emily Giffin.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    Surprisingly sweet & good

    There were times reading the book when I had to pause and reread to see if there was some double meaning to what the author wrote. Maybe her writing could have been a bit more clear because I felt like she was going too subtle with her approach. Anyway, I was shocked to find this was one of those rare few whose story made me believe in a fast paced true love thing. I really believed Griffin and Annie love each other, if only they had just met. The author did an amazing job showing us how and why they loved each other and what that meant. You immediately love Griffin and root for Annie, enjoy Jordan as her best friend, and even grow to accept Nate for what he will represent in Annie's life. It was clear who you were to favor in the love triangle, but the author placed emphasis on what Annie wanted and had to realize for herself before she could share it with someone else. That made you hope, hope for her self happiness and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Terribly cliche and poorly written.

    I was very excited to read this because of all the wonderful reviews, however was dissapointed in the overall story. The plot lacked real depth and emotion and the character development was lacking. I think maybe I would have liked this book in my late teens or early twenties but I am now seeking something with a bit more uumph!
    Read this if you need something light and mindless.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2011

    I really liked this book!

    I really liked this book. I wish it were a bit longer though, I felt like there were parts that should have been expanded.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    Definite chick lit read!

    Review by Valerie:
    If you're looking for a great chick lit book, this one's a definite read! What is chick lit, you might be wondering...One of the blogs I follow says that the chick lit genre is "writing told in a more confiding, personal tone. It's like having a best friend tell you about her life. Or watching various characters go through things that you have gone through yourself, or witnessed others going through. Humor is a strong point in chick lit, too." This book has it all, I was hooked from page one!

    Annie has what others might consider the perfect job, really. She has a magazine column where she writes about places others might want to travel to giving them the good, the hidden, and the unexpected for each location. The job requires a lot of traveling, which in hindsight, means that she can sort of be there for her permanent boyfriend of five years - the man she will eventually marry - or is she really? While the thoughts circle around in her head, he makes an unexpected announcement. Well, was it totally unexpected? She had been watching her comfort movie, Roman Holiday, the classic. Each and every time she treated herself to the movie, during her entire life, something bad happened afterwards.

    In some ways, I thought the story might be predictable and I am so glad I was wrong. I enjoyed Annie's attempt to be "the opposite" of what she felt she was and the outcome, a quickie marriage. I laughed aloud as she moves to a town so small that other people can't even get the name right and then deals with her new husband's family. But, as good chick lit does, I also felt incredibly sad when things come to a head and she has to make a decision regarding her need for freedom and her need to settle down. No spoilers here but it's a trip you'll enjoy making with her!

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    Sweet with great ending

    Easy to read and relatable for anyone who has loved

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended - favorite book of the summer, favorite book of the year...

    People Magazine called this one of the best books of summer - and for good reason. I cannot describe how much I loved The First Husband. Laura Dave's writing simply is unmatched. There is a wisdom and beauty to how she writes about love and family. And the fact that this novel is a page turner seems like the ultimate bonus.

    The First Husband is a funny and moving story about a travel writer who learns to stop looking outside of herself to figure out what she needs. After a traumatic loss, she finds love in a surprising place -- and manages to find herself.

    The First Husband made me reflect on my own life. I can't wait to share it with my book club when I get to pick our read for next month. I simply can't recommend this book highly enough.

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