London Is the Best City in America

London Is the Best City in America

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by Laura Dave
     
 

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The first novel from the acclaimed author of Eight Hundred Grapes

Emmy Everett is reluctantly heading home to New York for her brother Josh’s wedding. She has spent the last three years in a fishing town in Rhode Island and, having little to show for it, she doesn’t particularly want to answer the questions she is sure to

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The first novel from the acclaimed author of Eight Hundred Grapes

Emmy Everett is reluctantly heading home to New York for her brother Josh’s wedding. She has spent the last three years in a fishing town in Rhode Island and, having little to show for it, she doesn’t particularly want to answer the questions she is sure to face about her (ex)-fiance, her (questionable) career choices, her (unknown) future. But she is still shocked when her typically resolute brother Josh confesses he is having doubts about his imminent marriage – and he asks Emmy the hardest question of all: what do I do now?

With seventy-two hours until the wedding, Emmy embarks with Josh on a road trip to help him find a mystery woman, and to answer some long overdue questions about who he wants to spend his life with. It isn’t only Josh who has some lessons to learn. Along the way, Emmy discovers some undeniable truths about what she wants from her own life; and she begins to realize that perhaps her own happy ending is not as far away as it seems.

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Publishers Weekly
In Dave's winning debut, narrator Emmy Everett is a sensitive and introspective young woman who is emotionally and geographically paralyzed. Ever since ditching her sleeping fianc in a Rhode Island motel, Emmy has lived in the quiet fishing village of Naragansett, working at a bait shop and putting together an interminable documentary on fishermen's wives. Three years pass, and her beloved big brother, Josh-funny, smart and successful-is getting married, forcing Emmy out of her self-imposed exile for a weekend in the New York City suburb of Scarsdale. With 72 hours to the wedding, Emmy finds Josh confused: does he want to marry Meryl, or be with Elizabeth, the woman he's been seeing on the side? Emmy agrees to join Josh on the eve of the wedding for a daylong trip to find Elizabeth and, hopefully, what "the right thing to do" really is. The intriguing Elizabeth, as well as the authenticity of the relationship between Emmy and Josh, make the conflict credible and involving. It's hard not to root for these vivid characters; even the heroine's high school flame, Josh's best friend Jaime Daniel Berringer, is distinctive and likable, making Emmy's interest in him contagious. Josh and Emmy's happy, exasperating parents and Josh's buoyant sister in-law-to-be round out the cast, giving readers plenty of reasons to enjoy this promising new author. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Emmy Everett's life has been on hold since she broke off her engagement and left New York three years ago. The aspiring filmmaker has been selling bait and tackle in a quiet Rhode Island fishing town trying to find the happy ending in her documentary about fishermen's wives. But a weekend back in New York for her brother's wedding jump-starts her life and forces her to face her past, present, and future. During this brief couple of tumultuous days, Emmy finally lets go of the ex-fiance, discovers a new direction in her life, and possibly even finds a great love. Despite the saccharine Hollywood ending-perhaps influenced by films like Sixteen Candles-Dave's first novel is beautifully written in the style of early chick lit, when characters cared more about their personal journeys than their shoe brands. Fans of Melissa Bank and Jennifer Weiner will want to read this one. Recommended for all fiction collections. [Actress Reese Witherspoon has optioned the film rights with Universal Pictures and is slotted for the starring role.-Ed.]-Anika Fajardo, Coll. of St. Catherine Lib., St. Paul Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A family wedding forces a runaway fiancee to stick her toe back in the dating pool. In this weightless debut, Emmy Everett emerges from seclusion-three years in Rhode Island working in a tackle shop-to return to Scarsdale for older brother Josh's wedding to graceful Meryl. But Josh isn't sure he wants to get married this weekend: He might be in love with Elizabeth, a holistic veterinarian with whom he has a connection (it was "like they were hearing the same song"). Urged on all sides to be supportive of her sibling during his crisis of indecision, Emmy can't avoid contemplating the vacuum in her own love life. Mind you, that could easily be remedied, since suitors dog her every step. There's Josh's best friend, sexy chef Jaime; old local boyfriend Justin, although he now reveals himself to be gay; and above all ex-fiance Matt, last seen sleeping in a motel room next to the abandoned engagement ring as Emmy slipped out the door with the knowledge that "she was losing him slowly anyway." Dave milks the reliable wedding scenario set pieces, supplementing them with various comic characters, including Meryl's birth parents, a pair of sociology professors never previously seen outside the Ozarks, and Emmy's Jewish mother ("Eat just a little"). The book offers a kind of innocent yet worldly-wise charm via Emmy's perky running commentary, but for every burst of invention, like the power outage that throws the doomed wedding off course, there's a heaping portion of familiarity, especially in Matt's prostration before Emmy ("I still have the engagement ring") and her inevitable conjoining with an even more over-romanticized prospect. Empty calories, presented cutely enough.
From the Publisher
Endearingly quirky . . . [a] charming, offbeat debut . . . that winningly explores the romantic choices we make. (USA Today)

Incredibly deft, utterly satisfying, a triumph of a first novel. (Melissa Bank)

Such a satisfying read . . . The relationships among her cast are complicated, fraught and tender. Her story reads sweet but real. (The Washington Post)

Impossible to put down . . . lyrical, witty and honest. (Jane Magazine)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670037568
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/18/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Endearingly quirky . . . [a] charming, offbeat debut . . . that winningly explores the romantic choices we make. (USA Today)

Incredibly deft, utterly satisfying, a triumph of a first novel. (Melissa Bank)

Such a satisfying read . . . The relationships among her cast are complicated, fraught and tender. Her story reads sweet but real. (The Washington Post)

Impossible to put down . . . lyrical, witty and honest. (Jane Magazine)

Meet the Author

Laura Dave is the author of the acclaimed novel London is the Best City in America, and most recently of Eight Hundred Grapes. 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.

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London Is the Best City in America 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
eak321 More than 1 year ago
LONDON was a great, quick read about the choices we make in life. My favorite insightful line was: "You need to choose among the choices that are there, and not the ones that aren't anymore. At least now how you need them to be. You're still stuck on some imaginary idea you have of how it could have been. You need to think about how it is now. And how you want it to be." Emmy makes her first choice when she abandons her fiance in a hotel room because she just can't imagine being with him for the rest of her life. From there, she moves to a small fishing town in Rhode Island to just catch her breath and get away from everyone, something we've all wanted to do at some point or another. The novel's characters were all likeable, despite any hurt they caused others. They were just trying to find their way through life and find someone to spend that life with. For a first-time novelist, Laura Dave cranked out a good, light story about the intricacies of relationships and family bonds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
London Is the Best City in America is a well-written story that deals with love, life¿s choices and second chances. Laura Dave will no doubt be recognized as one of the exciting new authors of the year. However, the story¿s slow and somewhat predictable plot makes the book read more like a drawn out short story than a page-turner. Still, Dave has a style that makes the book a worthwhile endeavor that new fans will find endearing.
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marilyn429 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was such a fun light read with a great story to it. There were a ton of great quotes I highlighted on my nook to look back at some time. The characters all seemed very realistic and the romance in the book was  of course a nice treat :) I really related to the main character in this novel & really the whole family dynamic so that was a lot of the reason I loved this story. It was the perfect ending & a great Sunday afternoon read!! Highly recommend & can't wait to read more of Laura Dave's novels!
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Jodesci More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books i have ever read. laura dave writes incerdibly well. emmy evrrett is a very comedic insightful character who is confused about almost everything and her brother josh adds spice to the book.if you read this i guarantee you would not regret it.one of the best reads for the year.it is well written with a touch of comedy and romance and a bit of everything in one
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book during my commute just as something to fill the time. The story is pretty basic and predictable, but it's not a bad story. I think what I didn't really like is the main character, Emmy. I didn't feel sympathetic for her or her brother, Josh. In fact all the characters did not seem to have much depth. Even though it seems like I didn't like anything about this book, I actually did. It kept my attention and it was a quick read 'or listen in my case'. I probably wouldn't recommend it to a friend, but I'm sure there are people out there that might enjoy it.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
It's always a treat to hear a fresh voice, and in this case a double pleasure because as best as I can recall I've not heard any other narrations by Renee Raudman. She offers a thoughtful, appealing reading of Laura Dave's debut novel. Ms. Dave has created a heroine in a quandary. Emma Everett had both second thoughts and cold feet before her wedding to Matt. Without explanation or adieu she left him sound asleep in a Rhode Island motel. From there she went to work in a bait and tackle shop ostensibly to shoot a documentary about the wives of fishermen who waited for their men to return. Now, three years have passed and she's headed back to New York City for her older brother's wedding. Josh has always been her hero so it's a bit of a shock when she finds that he, too, is having second thoughts about his upcoming nuptials. Actually, his thoughts are mostly filled with another woman, a single mom to whom he is not engaged. As Emma tries to help Josh make the right decision, she also learns some things about herself. A promising debut novel finely read. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave's book is funny, and real, and sad in the best ways imaginable -- you will feel for this family of characters, appreciate your mom, be reminded of all the hard questions about life and love, and wish, more than anything, for your own happy ending. A+ !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy of the book and I could not put it down. Emmy is the most likable and relatable narrator I've come across in years. You will fall in love with her and all the characters- I highly recommend it!
VJKH More than 1 year ago
i was truly was when i first read this book. What a debut novel! Laura Dave just keeps the reader waiting for the next big thing. The brother and sister combo together with the juicy little detail that her brother is in love with someone else is just about all i need to say!! a perfect read..anywhere..anytime!