Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Divorce Party - Laura Dave - Review AND Giveaway


Summer's not done yet - here's another hot read for you!

Nate and Maggie are newly engaged. Nate's parents Gwyn and Thomas have been married for thirty five years. But their marriage has come to an end. Gwyn is throwing a divorce party with Thomas "to celebrate a peaceful end to a valued union." And this is the day when Maggie will meet her future in-laws for the first time....

This novel is told in alternating chapters from Maggie and Gwyn's viewpoint, all happening in one day. Both women have discovered things they didn't know about their significant other - albeit at a different stages of their relationships - the beginning and the end.

Dave has created charming, warm, wonderful characters that are believable. The female roles are the strongest. Gwyn is a self assured woman who is coming to grips with finding her own path after so many years as a couple. Maggie is an engaging young woman who is finding her footing as well. Supporting characters, notably Nate's sister Georgia, are also searching.

I had a hard time with Thomas. Although he is being true to what he believes to be the best path for himself, I disliked his dishonesty - I found it weak. Nate too has his secrets, but his reasons to be had less to do with selfishness, than his love for Maggie. I was more sympathetic to his cause, but still not thrilled with his duplicity.

When I picked up Laura Dave's second novel, I thought it would be a chick lit read based on the cover. I hesitate to label it as there was so much more to it. it was by turns funny, sad, poignant and hopeful. A fairy tale - no, but a definite page turner. You'll find yourself re reading some of the passages on relationships and thinking about your own.

Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin would enjoy this book. (They both did as they've provided cover blurbs!)

As as a neat aside, Jennifer Aniston's film company has bought the rights to The Divorce Party.

You can read an excerpt of The Divorce Party.

This would be a good choice for a book club as well. There is an excellent reading group guide included in the book.

Or.....thanks to Penquin US, you can enter to win one of five (!) copies being given away. Open to both the US and Canada. Simply comment to be entered. Ends Saturday Aug 26/09 at 6 pm EST.

147 comments:

Patti V. said...

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Anna said...

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Thank you for attaching the little snippet about what the book is read.
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Mari said...

I loved this book - fun and entertaining. I was able to imagine it as a movie when I read it.

Here's the link to my review along with an author Q&A.

http://bookwormwithaview.blogspot.com/2009/06/review-divorce-party.html

Margay said...

This sounds like a good book - interesting premise.
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AmandaSue said...

This book sounds good, (not the divorce part even though I can relate, and I do admit that since I had no choice in my divorce I try to cheer myself up every year by celebrating my divorce-sary) I'd like a chance to read this book thanks!
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Ashley said...

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Luanne, I just wanted to say thank you for all your kind words to me over the past week. It meant a lot!

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'm not part of a book club but this book sounds interesting.

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I would love to read this, being a divorcee.