Today is the book birthday for Emily Giffin’s seventh novel, The One & Only. I’ve read three of her previous books (Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof), and I like her style. I don’t read many books that are straight “chick lit,” but her books that I’ve read are funny and usually have something going on in them that’s a little more in-depth than a “boy meets girl” plot. Somehow, the fact that she got her undergrad degree at Wake Forest (even though she’s not an NC native) makes me want to support her like she’s a local author. So I will definitely check out her newest book.
Here is what Ballantine Books has to say about The One & Only:
In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.