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Named Best Book of the Summer by "Glamour" * "Marie Claire" * "US Weekly" * "Good Housekeeping" * "Cosmopolitan" * "Elle Magazine" * "Wine Enthusiast" * "Health Magazine" * "Metro New York" * InStyle* Pop Sugar * CBS Local * BookTrib * AV Club * and as the #1 Library Reads Pick *
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 fiance 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 fiance 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.
In this 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 fiances 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")."
- ISBN-13: 9781476789255
- ISBN-10: 1476789258
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publish Date: June 2015
- Page Count: 272
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Dave (The First Husband) both charms and pulls at the heartstrings in this well-crafted novel about a Northern California winemaker's daughter and the foibles of her family. Georgia Ford seemingly has it all: a devoted fiancé, a high-powered career in Los Angeles, and a loving family on a vineyard in Northern California. But in an instant, Georgia learns that not everything is as it seems. She's rocked by a series of revealed secrets, including one about her fiancé so explosive that she questions whether to go through with the marriage, and the bitter—and unrealized—truth about her parents' relationship, which the author also covers from her parents' point of view. Georgia's wrenching journey, and those of other members of her family, are detailed in heartbreaking fashion, as each character comes to terms with their new, unforseen situation. Along the way, the author throws in a few secrets about winemaking—in fact, the title is a reference to the number of grapes needed to produce a bottle of wine. This winning tale will both satisfy on a literary level and encourage oenophiles to pour themselves a glass of a recent vintage to enjoy while reading; it's a tasty treat for wine lovers and teetotalers alike. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME Entertainment. (June)