Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spotlight and Giveaway: The One and Only

Emily Giffin's latest novel, The One and Only, is finally here! Thanks to Random House, we have FIVE copies for some lucky US readers!

In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living. (
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

Check out a review from Marlene Engel, over at Book Mama Blog (our sister blog).
Photo by Emmanuelle Choussy

About the author:
Emily Giffin, a Chicago native, graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, she moved to Manhattan and practiced litigation at a large firm for several years while she paid back her school loans, wrote a novel in her very limited spare time, and dreamed of becoming a writer.

Despite the rejection of her first manuscript, Giffin persisted, retiring from the legal profession and moving to London to pursue her dreams full time. It was there that she began writing her first novel. One year later, her gamble paid off, as she completed her manuscript, landed an agent and signed a two-book deal on both sides of the Atlantic. The following summer, Something Borrowed, hailed as a “heartbreakingly honest debut” with “dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity and genuine warmth,” became a surprise sensation, and Giffin vowed never to practice law again.

Dubbed a “modern day Jane Austen” (Vanity Fair) and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller” (New York Times), Giffin has since penned six more New York Times bestsellers, Something Blue (2005), Baby Proof (2006), Love the One You’re With (2008), Heart of the Matter (2010), Where We Belong (2012) and The One and Only (May 20, 2014).

Giffin now resides with her husband and three young children in Atlanta. You can visit her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter. (Bio adapted from Emily's website.)

Thanks again to Random House for sharing Emily's book with our winners!

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US only. Giveaway ends May 26th at midnight EST.

44 comments:

Janine said...

I haven't read any Emily Griffin books. I would love this to be the first. This book sounds really good.

Allison Smith said...

I love Ellen from Love the One Your With!

TinaB said...

Ellen "Love the One Your With"! Love all of Emily's books...talented writer! !

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

I've always liked Rachel from Something Borrowed. LOVE Emily's books and I can't wait to read this one.

StephTheBookworm said...

My first book by her will be Something Borrowed!

susieqlaw said...

All characters in Where We Belong

Ro said...

Haven't read any yet but have several in my to be read stack. Plan on reading them this summer.

S.Sabia said...

Rachael from Something Borrowed is my favorite.

Angel Wells said...

My first book I read was something borrowed so I'm kinda biased to all those characters but my favorite was Rachel!! Love all your books!!

Bridget T. said...

Rachel, from Something Borrowed.

Donna E said...

Think I'd like to start with Emily's first book, Something Borrowed.
However, just going by the title, I am also intrigued by Baby Proof & Love the One You’re With.

Angleterre71 said...

I love Emily Giffin! The first book I read was Something Blue that I picked up at the airport. From there I was hooked and read the rest of the her books!

Chanpreet said...

I've only read Something Borrowed but have all of her books.

Bonnie K. said...

I've read Where We Belong; so, I would have to go with Marian and Kirby.

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Nova said...

i have read Something Blue. I really enjoyed it.

Wanda Z said...

Tessa from Heart of the Matter

Carl Scott said...

I tend to feel that an author's first book is something they have been waiting to say for a long time so I would probably read Something Borrowed first. However, this new book looks very good. I'd be very happy to win it. Thanks

emily p said...

The Heart of the Matter had me all over the board with my emotions! I have all of the books. Ethan in something borrowed was my favorite.

Jeryl M. said...

Rachel from Something Borrowed.

Kathy said...

I love Emily's Books!
I can't wait to read this one too!

Mara said...

I love Rachel from Something Borrowed and Something Blue.

Lisamarie said...

Rachel from Something Borrowed

Traci said...

Can't wait to read this one. I really enjoyed Where We Belong, so I liked Marian a lot. But I've also got a soft spot for Ethan from Something Borrowed and Something Blue.

rhonda said...

Rachel Something Borrowed

Melanie Backus said...

If I win this book, it will be my first E.G. Book to read. I am sure keeping my fingers crossed because the book sounds great!

Rita said...

I would like to read Something Borrowed.

Cynthia Michalewski said...

I would love to read The One and Only

Linda Kish said...

I love Ellen from Love the One Your With.

Audrey Rosenbaum said...

Darcy from Something Blue!

Monica said...

I adore Ethan!

Sara Crews said...

My favorite character was Rachel White in the book Something Borrowed!

jpetroroy said...

I love Rachel from Something Borrowed

bn100 said...

Haven't read any before; maybe The One & Only

Maureen said...

I really enjoyed Claudia from Baby Proof.

donnaing said...

Rachel from Something Borrowed just made me laugh. Loved that book.

rubynreba said...

I haven't read any of her books yet but I'm looking for them next time I go to the Library or book shopping!

Erica said...

Team Rachel!

Sarah Fox said...

Haven't read any Emily Giffin books,yet. I might start with the latest.

Kristina Hammock said...

It was Rachel in "Something Borrowed", but then I read "Something Blue", and now it's Darcy, surprisingly. You know someone is a great author when they can flesh out the "villan" from one book in another book & have you rooting for them. I can't wait for a "Something Blue" movie!

Caitlin Bauer said...

Darcy--because she really underwent an amazing arc. Loved how Something Blue ended! <3

Alison said...

Rachel from Something Borrowed

Jen said...

I'm a huge Emily Giffin fan!! Rachel is definitely a character that I relate the most with!!

Marissa A said...

First would be Darcy from Something Blue. Then would be Ellen from Love The One You're With. I love those two novels :)

EKB said...

I honestly love all her books but "Love the one your with" my fav- i Loved Ellen!