Simon & Schuster
On Sale: March 12, 2019
Trade Size / e-Book (reprint)
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This “beguiling, addictive read” (People, Book of
the Week) and Belletrist Book Club pick about a blue-blooded
single mother raising her daughter in rarefied New York City
is a “carefully observed family story [that] rings true to
life” (The New York Times Book Review).
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 a man. The two sleep together. He
vanishes. And Laura realizes she’s pregnant.
“Unputdownable” (Library Journal) and “wryly
observed” (Vogue), Laura & Emma follows
Laura as she raises Emma in New York City over the next
fifteen years. With wit and compassion, Kate Greathead
explores the many flaws and quirks that make us human.
Laura’s story hosts a cast of effervescent and original
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.
“Kate Greathead’s debut novel gamely takes on class
conflict, single motherhood, and the discreet pretension of
the 1980s Upper East Side” (New York magazine) and is
a “layered story about mothers and daughters and identity”
(Entertainment Weekly). Told in vignettes whose every
“restrained and understated sentence has been polished to
glittering brightness” (Vox), Laura & Emma
is “an incisive comedy of manners about class divides and
the ‘burdens’ of being born privileged” (Esquire) and
“a thoughtful novel of trying to find oneself despite an
assigned place in the world” (Publishers Weekly).
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