Eight Hundred Grapes
A NovelBook - 2015 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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 fianc#65533; 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 fianc#65533; 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 fianc#65533;s 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 ).
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If ever a book was written to be turned into a movie, Eight Hundred Grapes is it. It’s got the setting (California’s Sonoma Valley), it’s got the subject (wine, appealing to the foodie in everyone), it’s got a runaway-bride heroine searching for herself (I see Rachel McAdams), a somewhat dysfunctional family, and both a hunky British suitor and an adorkable local match. And a few movie stars already in the mix. This is the next Under the Tuscan Sun, with slightly younger characters.
It starts when the runaway bride, Georgia, discovers an unfathomable secret about her fiancée, a week before their wedding and trans-Atlantic move to London. Shocked to the core, Georgia runs to the only place she can think of, her childhood home. But the shocks just keep coming – her brothers are feuding, her parents separated and the vineyard has been sold to a faceless corporation.
With her entire world upside-down, Georgia struggles to fix it, and makes things inevitably worse before they get better. Along the way the author takes readers back in time and into the lives of the other characters, drawing them with nearly as much depth. This makes it easy to see why Georgia cannot simply resolve everyone’s problems; everyone has their own private history, histories they have not necessarily shared with her completely.
And that is the way life is – complex, multi-layered, at times funny and at times cringeworthily messy. It all makes Eight Hundred Grapes a summery novel to savor (perhaps with a glass of California red).
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