Laura Dave's The First Husband is today's answer to all those great romantic comedies, in book form. This isn't excellent literature we're talking about (which, let's be honest -- can sometimes be a boring drag); rather, it's pure entertainment at its very best. I devoured Dave's latest novel in record time -- less than 24 hours, I think.
Annie Adams is a travel writer for a major national newspaper, living in Los Angeles with her longtime boyfriend Nick. They have what she believes is a happy existence, until the day when Nick comes home and announces that he needs a break. That break turns into a break up, one in which both Annie and Nick begin other relationships.
Laura Dave explores relationships of all kinds in her novel The First Husband -- true love, love at first sight, friendships, families. Each character in the novel is fully developed and well-rounded, and they complement one another perfectly. Annie's best friend Jordan factors into the novel just enough; Annie's new love interest Griffin and his family provide both a romantic flair and comedic value.
Never cheesy, always authentic, The First Husband is a delightful look at life in all its hilarity and seriousness. It seeks to answer the question: what is love and how do we recognize it? As Annie is forced to make life-changing decisions in both her personal life and in her career, Dave pushes readers to examine their own feelings about life and love.
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