The First Husband: A Novel

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Penguin, May 12, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
26 Reviews
A savvy, page-turning novel about a woman torn between her husband and the man she thought she'd marry.

Annie Adams is days away from her thirty-second birthday and thinks she has finally found some happiness. She visits the world's most interesting places for her syndicated travel column and she's happily cohabiting with her movie director boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles. But when Nick comes home from a meeting with his therapist (aka "futures counselor") and announces that he's taking a break from their relationship so he can pursue a woman from his past, the place Annie had come to call home is shattered. Reeling, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin-a grounded, charming chef who seems to be everything Annie didn't know she was looking for. Within three months, Griffin is Annie's husband and Annie finds herself trying to restart her life in rural Massachusetts.

A wry observer of modern love, Laura Dave "steers clear of easy answers to explore the romantic choices we make" (USA Today). Her third novel is packed with humor, empathy, and psychological insight about the power of love and home.

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User Review  - Carolee888 - LibraryThing

I loved The First Husband by Laura Dave. It portrayed marriages so realistically and yet with humor, quirkiness and love. Annie Adams feels content with her job, her wonderful dog and her marriage ... Read full review

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User Review  - CreativeJunkie - LibraryThing

I'd probably give this 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. This was a super quick read; I finished it in half a day. The beginning of this book had me, hook, line and sinker. It was heartbreaking, yeah ... Read full review

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Laura Dave is the author of London is the Best City in America, which was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Self Magazine, ESPN the Magazine, Redbook, and The New York Observer. She lives in New York City; visit her online at

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