Laura & Emma

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Author: Greathead, Kate

Brand: Simon & Schuster

Number Of Pages: 352

Release Date: 13-03-2018

Details: Product Description “Masterly deftness, funny sentence by funny sentence...a moving and intricately braided story of two mothers.”— JONATHAN FRANZEN, The Guardian * BELLETRIST BOOK CLUB SELECTION* *ONE OF ESQUIRE’S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 SO FAR* *MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SPRING 2018 SELECTION BY * NYLON * SOUTHERN LIVING * “[A] sly, charming debut…Laura and Emma’s struggles are real, and their saga makes for a beguiling, addictive read.”—People (Book of the Week) Laura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties. One weekend in 1981 she meets Jefferson. The two sleep together. He vanishes. And Laura realizes she’s pregnant. Enter: Emma. Despite her progressive values, Laura raises Emma by herself in the same blue-blood world of private schools and summer homes she grew up in, buoyed by a host of indelible characters, including her eccentric mother, who informs her society friends and Emma herself that she was fathered by a Swedish sperm donor; her brother, whose childhood stutter reappears in the presence of their forbidding father; an exceptionally kind male pediatrician; and her overbearing best friend, whose life has followed the Park Avenue script in every way except for childbearing. Meanwhile, the apple falls far from the tree with Emma, who begins to question her environment in a way her mother never could. Told in vignettes that mine the profound from the mundane, with meditations on everything from sex and death to insomnia and the catharsis of crying on the subway, a textured portrait emerges of a woman struggling to understand herself, her daughter, and the changing landscape of New York City in the eighties and nineties. Laura & Emma is an acutely insightful exploration of class and family warfare from a new author whose offbeat sensibility, understated wit, and stylish prose celebrate the comedy and pathos that make us human. Review PRAISE FOR  LAURA & EMMA BY KATE GREATHEAD: “Greathead’s debut, which often has the feel of an updated version of Mrs. Bridge…is enlivened by flashes of sardonic humor…[and] the surprising, poignant and beautifully composed final scene...This carefully observed family story rings true to life.” —New York Times Book Review “[A] sly, charming debut…Laura and Emma’s struggles are real, and their saga makes for a beguiling, addictive read.” —People (Book of the Week) “For a privileged Manhattan daughter who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, raising a child alone is pearl-clutchingly radical in Kate Greathead’s wryly observed, 1980s-set first novel.” —Vogue   “A deft exploration of conflict, both class and interfamilial, in 1980s blue-blood New York.” —Marie Claire “[An] absorbing debut novel...Laura is a wonderfully complex and, at times, frustrating character: ashamed of the old-money world from which she came, but not so brave or ambitious as to abandon it altogether, and the novel, for all its humor and sharp observations, is imbued with the loneliness at her core.” — "Greathead’s smart and original take on the mother-daughter novel impresses and charms.” —Booklist “Kate Greathead’s debut novel gamely takes on class conflict, single motherhood, and the discreet pretension of the 1980s Upper East Side through the story of Laura, a daughter of privilege who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand.” —New York Magazine “[A] warmhearted debut novel...The supporting characters who come in and out of Laura’s life over the years sparkle with idiosyncrasies...Greathead is a talented writer of detail, particularly in her evocations of New York life—subway sobbing, could-be celebrity sightings, the joy of a favorite grocery store...This is a thoughtful novel of trying to find oneself despite an assigned place in the world.” —Publishers Weekly  "Who wouldn't want to get an inside peek into the rarefied world of New York City's elite in the 1980s and 90s? That's exactly

EAN: 9781501156601

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New