"Playful, unpredictable, and emotionally resonant."
"A fresh, funny take on the search for a soulmate."
"You want meet-cute? Young women and wrong men? Burgeoning careers and best friends? Dave’s your gal... In The First Husband, the protagonist is a somewhat lost travel writer, dumped without warning by her live-in L.A. boyfriend when he tastes his first sip of Hollywood fame. Enter a charismatic, curly-haired chef on his way back to the Berkshires to open his own restaurant. Suddenly, the globe-trotter who made her name writing a column called “Checking Out” has to learn how to check in for love."
-THE WASHINGTON POST
The Divorce Party is a darkly humorous novel set among Hamptons society...Both narrators learn uncomfortable truths that lead them to explore the dimensions of love, commitment and regret. Events unfold over the course of a day, but the lessons learned have their roots in a lifetime.
It would be a mistake to dismiss Laura's Dave new novel, The Divorce Party...it's about the Hamptons, secrets, ambition, love, and betrayal. And yes,in there is a bash to honor the end of a union, too.
Jumping on the fad for "divorce parties" (like a wedding, only the couple receives gifts for their separate lives), this novel has already been optioned by Jennifer Aniston's production company...You might think Dave would play this scenario for laughs, but she delivers plenty of poignant twinges.
In Dave’s winning debut, London Is the Best City in America, it's hard not to root for the vivid characters; even the heroine's high school flame is distinctive and likable, making Emmy's interest in him contagious. Josh and Emmy's happy, exasperating parents...round out the cast, giving readers plenty of reasons to enjoy this promising new author.
So much happens in this wonderfully plotted first novel that it's hard to believe the events all occur in the space of a few days. Dave expertly captures the ennui and indecision many twenty- and thirtysomethings grapple with when faced with big, life-changing decisions.
In a weekend of clandestine journeys, bittersweet moments and flashes of revelation, the quirky, thoughtful Emmy emerges as the quintessential romantic-comedy heroine.
Hot Book: The Divorce Party, By Laura Dave. The novel follows two relationships within a family. One couple just got engaged; the other is about to call it quits.
How well do you know the person you love? How hard would you fight if that relationship were threatened? Those questions like at the heart of Laura Dave's "The Divorce Party" and the answers aren't as clear cut as one might think.
-SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
SPF FACTOR: 50. A secret marriage, lies about affairs and money…No surprise this steamy story has been optioned by Universal Pictures..."
The relationships among her cast are complicated, fraught and tender. Her story reads sweet but real.
-THE WASHINGTON POST BOOKWORLD
The Divorce Party is a wry and observant novel about the relationship between an engaged woman and a woman-on-the-verge of divorce, and the latter woman's divorce party...Insightful.
-THE BOSTON GLOBE
Dave serves up low-key drama and bittersweet romance with humor, intelligence, and genuine charm. Just what you look for in a summer read.
Elegant, accessible prose and compelling portraits of relationships…
Dave dives headfirst into the scary notion of sharing your life with someone, warts and all.
The Divorce Party examines young love, new love, destroyed love, and love after divorce...Laura Dave gets to the heart of true love in a way that makes the reader believe in love, even in the face of divorce...riveting.
-THE BOOK REPORTER
Laura Dave is a wonderful novelist.
--STEVEN GAINES, NPR