London Is the Best City in America

London Is the Best City in America

by Laura Dave
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London Is the Best City in America by Laura Dave

The first novel from the acclaimed author of Eight Hundred Grapes and Hello Sunshine

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440628573
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 92,944
File size: 253 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 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+ !!
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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!
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!
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