Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

This week's book is Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.

About the book:

A breakout novel from an author who “positively shines with wisdom and intelligence” (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You). “Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she's describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapes is a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life’s work” (J. Courtney Sullivan, Maine).

There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…

Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.

But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.

Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

Bestselling author Laura Dave has been dubbed “a wry observer of modern love” (USA TODAY), a “decadent storyteller” (Marie Claire), and “compulsively readable” (Woman’s Day). Set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma’s wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect.
Everything in Georgia's life is out of control.  She has found out a very big secret that her fiance (of several years) has been keeping from her.  Her wedding is supposed to happen within a week, but she runs home to her family's vineyard.  When she arrives back home things there aren't much better.  She finds out her brothers are fighting and her parents aren't exactly together anymore.  She also finds out that her father has sold the family vineyard to a big corporate group and Georgia is determined to fight for her family's legacy.  Georgia goes through so many changes and at first is trying to concentrate on fixing everyone else's problems instead of her own.  She is looking for her problems to be decided for her.  Eventually she must learn to choose between what makes her happy and what she thinks will make her happy.  She has to work hard for those things and some of them don't come easy.  I think the ending to this book was perfect because everything doesn't work out perfectly, just like real life.  This is a great read and I can't wait for people to get their hands on this story!

Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Laura Dave is the author of London is the Best City in America, The Divorce Party, and The First Husband. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Self, NPR's All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, and Redbook. She lives in Los Angeles.

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