Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME
Heralded as “impossible to put down” (Elle), and named a Best Book of the Summer by Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, and Us Weekly, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect.
There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide… What if your beloved fiancé, he of the crinkly smile and irresistible British accent, had kept a life-changing secret from you? And what if, just a week before your dream wedding, you discovered it?
Georgia Ford, bride-to-be, hops in her car and drives through the night, from Los Angeles to Sonoma, to her safe haven: her family, and the acclaimed family winery. Georgia craves the company of those who know her best, and whom she truly knows. Better yet, it’s the eve of the last harvest—the best time of the growing season, and Georgia knows she’ll find solace—and distraction—in the familiar rituals. But when Georgia arrives home, nothing is at all familiar. Her parents, her brothers, the family business, are all unrecognizable. It seems her fiancé isn’t the only one who’s been keeping secrets…
Eight Hundred Grapes is a story about the messy realities of family, the strength (and weaknesses) of romantic love, and the importance of finding a place to call home. “This winning tale will both satisfy on a literary level and encourage oenophiles to pour themselves a glass of a recent vintage to enjoy while reading; it’s a tasty treat for wine lovers and teetotalers alike” (Publishers Weekly). You won’t be able to put this “addictive” (Us Weekly) novel down.
Praise for Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel
PRAISE FOR EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES
NAMED "BEST BOOK OF THE SUMMER" BY * GLAMOUR * MARIE CLAIRE * US WEEKLY * THE NEW YORK OBSERVER * THE BOSTON GLOBE * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * GOOP * COSMOPOLITAN * ELLE * WINE ENTHUSIAST * WOMAN'S DAY * REDBOOK * HEALTH * METRO NEW YORK * INSTYLE * POPSUGAR * CBS LOCAL * BOOK TRIB * THE A.V. CLUB
#1 LIBRARY READS PICK
“I couldn't put Eight Hundred Grapes down! Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she's describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapes is a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life's work.”
—J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and The Engagements
“Laura Dave paints Sonoma County and its inhabitants with both warmth and smarts in this delicious novel. Eight Hundred Grapes is fun and thought-provoking, and is guaranteed to make you deeply thirsty for some Pinot Noir.”
—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers
"Endearingly quirky...winningly explores the romantic choices we make."
—USA Today on London Is the Best City in America
“Resolutions arrive slowly and often unexpectedly for each of them, giving this satisfying novel legs. A lovelorn winemaker's daughter seeks the right way to crush sour grapes into a winning blend.”
“A charming summer read with depth, just perfect with a glass of California wine.”
“Secrets and love affairs on a Sonoma vineyard mean reading with wine is basically mandatory.”
“Need a vacation? Dave will transport you with mouthwatering lasagna, breathtaking vistas – and an unforgettable lesson in loyalty.”
“The fabulous Laura Dave is back with another tale of love, marriage, and family.”
“The idyllic life of Georgia Ford is crashing down – oh, and it’s just days before her wedding. Cue cold feet.”
— US Weekly
“[A] breezy rom-com.”—Us Weekly
“Dave (The First Husband) both charms and pulls at the heartstrings in this well-crafted novel… this winning tale will both satisfy on a literary level and encourage oenophiles to pour themselves a glass of a recent vintage to enjoy while reading; it's a tasty treat for wine lovers and teetotalers alike."— Publishers Weekly
“This novel’s hero discovers the complexity of human relationships and desires amid the well-researched backdrop of a fictional Sonoma winery.”—Wine Enthusiast
“Dave’s tightly woven family drama is best enjoyed with a glass of wine (or two); readers found this one impossible to put down.”
— Elle (#1 Reader's Prize Selection)
"Laura Dave’s latest is just another shining example of her expertise in exploring complex relationships and all the heartache, nuance, and ultimately, joy, that comes with them. "- goop.com
"Eight Hundred Grapes is a quick, fun read, perfect for swallowing in one, delicious gulp rather than careful, measured sips." -Bustle.com
"Your new escapist summer read."- Purewow.com
“Reading Dave is like experiencing the sea-salty edge of a Nicole Holofcener movie that you’ve never seen, with set decoration by Nancy Meyer.”
PRAISE FOR LAURA DAVE
"You want meet-cute? Young women and wrong men? Burgeoning careers and best friends? Dave's your gal."
—Washington Post on The First Husband
“What truly sets Dave apart from her peers is her ability to convey the contradictions and imperfections, the inherent impossibility of true love, and yet somehow still make you believe in it."
—Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You on The First Husband
“[The Divorce Party] is funny, absorbing, and heartwarming – like having a glass of wine with your most insightful friend.”
-Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of The One & Only