LauraEmma

LauraEmma ESQUIRE S BEST BOOKS OF SO FAR SELECTION MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SPRING SELECTION BY NYLON SOUTHERN LIVING Unputdownable Library JournalA tender witty debut novel about a single mother ra

  • Title: LauraEmma
  • Author: Kate Greathead
  • ISBN: 9781501156632
  • Page: 218
  • Format: ebook
  • ESQUIRE S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 SO FAR SELECTION MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SPRING 2018 SELECTION BY NYLON SOUTHERN LIVING Unputdownable Library JournalA tender, witty debut novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society in the late twentieth century from a nine time Moth StorySLAM champion.Laura hails from the Upper Ea ESQUIRE S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 SO FAR SELECTION MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SPRING 2018 SELECTION BY NYLON SOUTHERN LIVING Unputdownable Library JournalA tender, witty debut novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society in the late twentieth century from a nine time Moth StorySLAM champion.Laura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties One weekend in 1981 she meets Jefferson The two sleep together He vanishes And Laura realizes she s pregnant Enter Emma Despite her progressive values, Laura raises Emma by herself in the same blue blood world of private schools and summer homes she grew up in, buoyed by a host of indelible characters, including her eccentric mother, who informs her society friends and Emma herself that she was fathered by a Swedish sperm donor her brother, whose childhood stutter reappears in the presence of their forbidding father an exceptionally kind male pediatrician and her overbearing best friend, whose life has followed the Park Avenue script in every way except for childbearing Meanwhile, the apple falls far from the tree with Emma, who begins to question her environment in a way her mother never could Told in vignettes that mine the profound from the mundane, with meditations on everything from sex and death to insomnia and the catharsis of crying on the subway, a textured portrait emerges of a woman struggling to understand herself, her daughter, and the changing landscape of New York City in the eighties and nineties Laura Emma is an acutely insightful exploration of class and family warfare from a new author whose offbeat sensibility, understated wit, and stylish prose celebrate the comedy and pathos that make us human.

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    1. ‘’You’re not supposed to cry when someone gives you a present.’’Although I’m not actually a reader of what I call ‘’Family Conflict’’ novels, I cannot say ‘’no’’ to stories whose protagonists are single parents. I consider the women and men who decide to raise their children without a partner’s help, overcoming any social or financial obstacles, to be the bravest of the brave. When the novel is also set in New York, I’m bound to read it eagerly. And I was not disa [...]


    2. Kooky and Quirky are words that kept popping into my head as I read - and enjoyed “Laura & Emma”with dialogue that included such sayings as “hippy-dippy”, “lousy-goosey”, and “hoity-toity”. Don’t get me wrong - there ‘are’ plenty of serious themes in this novel but there are just so many wacky moments - that this novel becomes really comical. Emma was born in 1981( the same year my first born child was born too)- but unlike Emma - our daughter was raised with a mom & [...]


    3. Laura and Emma is a beautifully written book about the relationship between a mother and daughter, each an individual who marches to the beat of a different drummer. They are born into privilege in New York City’s Upper East Side, and Laura in particular struggles to separate herself from this life while still relying on aspects of this privilege. But the novel covers so much more – New York City in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the AIDS epidemic as it unfolds, and post-partum depression. Great [...]


    4. What I loved most about this book, was the unexpected heroine, Laura. She is an unassuming woman who dresses plainly despite her beauty and avoids social gatherings. However, she takes delight in the fisherman’s gaze when she sunbathes topless. She spends an eight week summer vacation in Ashuant repeating this ritual, while the other extended family members play and socialize elsewhere. Each chapter in this book is filled with quirky, humanizing stories through which we get to know Laura so we [...]


    5. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful debut novel from Kate Greathead! Laura and Kate deals with the relationship between a single mother and her headstrong daughter. Set in New York City during the 1980's and 1990's it is filled with stories of private education, summer houses, family ties, the AIDS epidemic, and trying to find one's place in the world. I loved that the story was told through a series of vigne [...]


    6. A delightfully fun, character-driven debut novel by Kate Greathead about Laura, a quirky young single mother, raising her daughter Emma in NYC. But "life hadn't required Laura to navigate unknown territory on her own." She is a WASP descendant of one of the Robber Barons of old and works as an event planner at the museum that was once the private residence of her great-grandfather. The way in life has always been smoothed for her, even when it requires a few white lies: such as about the paterni [...]


    7. This is such a special and charming book about an odd and delightful heroine, Laura, and her relationship with her daughter, Emma. Told in a series of vignettes that begin with Emma’s unusual conception and end with the sad separation of the two. Greathead paints an authentic portrait of the WASPS who inhabit Manhattan’s old money’s Upper Eastside. Every word is perfectly chosen so that the reader can see each character and empathize with the unusual Laura and her life choices. Living in M [...]


    8. Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead follows the relationship between mothers and daughters, told in vignettes against the changing times between 1980 and 1995. It is a comedy of manners novel with loads of laugh out loud moments.Laura comes from a wealthy New York City family descended, from a Robber Baron whose inherited wealth supports her. She has a degree in English and a job through the family. She envies self-made people.Laura has never been in love. Her mother's favorite saying is that it [...]


    9. via my blog: bookstalkerblog.wordpress'Laura was envious of others’ accounts of struggle, which were recalled with a certain fondness. It had been an adventure, the thrill of the hustle; they’d chased a dream against the odds, and now they were living it. She could only imagine the pride of being personally responsbile for everything one had- professional success, friends, apartment- and being able to trace all this back to hard work. Knowing that everything in their lives wasn’t a given, [...]


    10. "Laura and Emma" is a beautiful and brave big book. From so many little miraculously interesting stories, something big emerges. And the writing! The writing is incredibly beautiful. Kate Greathead is a wonderfully gifted storyteller. Each section–the book is divided by years–made me want to go on to the next. The only reason it took so long to read (a week) is that life, work, and fatigue got in the way.I loved the story of Laura and Emma’s visit to Round Bush, Laura’s great grandfather [...]


    11. Many thanks to Simon & Schuster Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Kate Greathead’s debut novel Laura & Emma. Billed as a literary Gilmore Girls, set during the tumultuous 1980s, this book was surprisingly quiet and thoughtful. It’s the story of introvert Laura, raised by vivacious upper east side mother Bibs who finds herself suddenly pregnant after an unexpected one night stand. Told in vignettes, the reader follows Laura as she tackles single motherhood and N [...]


    12. Laura And EmmaByKate GreatheadWhat it's all aboutLaura is an “upper class” girlNew York private schools, trust funds, and a family beach house that no one uses but her. By an unbelievable accidente becomes pregnant. She decides to stay pregnant and has Emma. Even though Laura was born into money she is unique in her circles. Her clothes, her beliefs and her lifestyle are all different from her friends. They don’t really get her and the way she is raising Emma but they love her. Why I wante [...]


    13. Laura & Emma (Kate Greathead, Simon & Shuster, March 2018) brings the reader on a journey without a destination. And although it’s a thoroughly enjoyable journey, I would have appreciated a destination nevertheless. All along, I mistakenly thought the book was moving towards the main character finding herself, finding a relationship, finding peace….but alas, perhaps as in real life, these goals were never realized. That said, I have no regrets about reading the book which has very fi [...]


    14. Laura & Emma is a collection of brilliant tiny stories, some only a few paragraphs, that amazingly reveal, like a haiku, the eccentric whimseys of a mother, her daughter, her daughter's daughter, her daughter's best friend, and her daughter's best friend's daughter. It's a delight of a book, with odd plot twists, and strange life decisions on the part of the characters, that is told in a wonderful precision of words, with little jumps in time and space, and with a sharp feeling of truth.


    15. I thought I would love this book as it was compared to The Gilmore Girls and was billed as the story of the relationship of a single mom and her daughter living in NYC. However, I did not. The main character Laura is just boring and while she does have some interesting observations about life, I never really "felt" the bond of her relationship with her daughter Emma.The two standout characters to me are Laura's VERY old-moneyed mother who, was absolutely hysterical, and the city of NYC as seen t [...]


    16. When this book was first pitched to me it was for those who love Gilmore Girls. Being that is my favorite show and all, I had to say yes. I am glad that I did. The story of a mother and daughter, this book will break your heart and build it all at the same time. This book had me reading past my bedtime and I really appreciated the story.I think the part that captures my attention the most in this book is way the author sets up the plot. The times are changing and for each character they have to [...]


    17. Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, via NetGalley, for an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.This is Kate Greathead's debut novel about a mother (Laura) and daughter (Emma) relationship set in New York City during the 1980's and 1990's. It's a series of short vignettes by year starting with Emma's birth. Laura is part of the privileged Upper East Side with no intentions of becoming a wife and mother. Emma is the result of a one-night stand and Laura surprised herself by embracing [...]


    18. Quick enjoyable read set in the New York City of the 80s/mid-90s. Laura is a 7th generation New Yorker- who in the assessment of many, doesn't really seem like she was born and bred there. Indeed, Laura is different than the rest of her family and circle of blue-blood friends and neighbors. An unexpected pregnancy (the circumstances of which are rather chilling) finally allows her to break somewhat free of the expectations and way of life her family has lived for literally generations. But as mu [...]


    19. Upon finishing Laura & Emma, the biggest discussion among friends or book groups will be to answer the question “how did it end?” I reread the ending and last few pages over and over trying to say definitively THAT’S how it ended. There are few books I’ve read that sparked this kind of discussion and this one is sure to do it. Does that mean you shouldn’t read it? No! It means you absolutely should!Laura grew up with all the privileges her family’s old money could give her, inclu [...]




    20. This book can best be summarized as WASPy mumblecore that is a mix of Gilmore Girls and The Nix. (Note: this is not a bad thing.)


    21. I gobbled up this book in one day. Laura was such a real character, someone that you wouldn’t be able to get to know well if you met her in real life. Therefore, the access to her inner thoughts meant that much more. Emma’s quirky character also felt authentic, not prettied up so we would like her more. The upper crust life leant intrigue, but in the end, they are just like us with all of the same questions, worries, insecurities and faults.


    22. 3.5 Stars. Thank you NetGalley for digital ARC. More of vignettes than plot driven, I definitely enjoyed this read. The book is witty and heart warming, but at times a bit melancholy. I would have liked a little more from the main character. She was a bit too at arms length. I wanted to know her better and I wanted more from her. I enjoyed the relationship between Laura and Emma and thought Laura’s mom was a hoot. I did not like the abrubt ending. I loved the time period.


    23. Laura and Emma, the debut novel from nine-time Moth StorySLAM champion Kate Greathead is simply delightful. This funny, often poignant story about a single mom from a wealthy New York family and her daughter, the result of a chance encounter will leave you smiling!


    24. I got this on Netgalley (not that I need anything new to read) and was so utterly charmed by Laura that I read it very quickly. I’m thinking of this as an antidote to The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, another book set in the rarified Manhattan era of the 1980s (and that I love!)—but Laura and Emma are so honest and adorable and NOT precious or spoiled. Excellent and compelling writing. Slightly unnerving, but a joy to read.


    25. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - (edited for length & clarity)Laura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties. One weekend in 1981 she meets Jefferson. The two sleep together. He vanishes. And Laura realizes she’s pregnant. Enter: Emma.Despite her progressive values, Laura raises Emma by herself in the same blue-blood world of private school [...]


    26. To be honest, this is one of those books that I am not sure if I liked. It was very well written, a quick read, and left me anxious to find out what would happen next. The details thrown in about growing up in the 80's and 90's were on point-I couldn't believe the author even mentioned by favorite childhood show "Hey Dude'. I really enjoyed the time travel that this book provided. The characters were.welldifferent. A lot of times it was difficult to understand who Laura really was as well as her [...]


    27. This was a well written book. I enjoyed the perspective and the way the narrative flowed. The characters developed over the span of several years, using the backdrop of New York City, as so many stories do. It was interesting to read but I found myself turning pages so quickly because I couldn't figure out the plot. There was no main conflict, rather a reflection on the lives of ordinary, if perhaps a bit peculiar, people. This was missing for me; there was no real build, it read almost like a s [...]


    28. Laura and Emma have a unique relationship. Laura never thought she'd be married or have children and she was right on the first score but a one night stand leaves her with Emma who she decides to raise on her own. The story of a mother and daughter struggling to find their way and who often don't understand one another this is a touching and witty story of a mother trying to figure out how to raise her daughter on her own as best as she can. A cast of interesting characters add to the dysfunctio [...]


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