Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead

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Laura & Emma Read Online Free - A 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.

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ISBN : 1501156608
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 337 pages


Amalia rated it ★★★★☆

March 13, 2018

‘’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...

Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2018

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...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★☆☆

April 07, 2018

Nothing big happens in this novel. There are no big splashy scenes, no dramatic renderings, no horrific accidents, just the life lived of a young woman, Laura and her daughter Emma. Just life as it goes day by day, in all it's often messy glory. Laura comes from a very privileged background, and...

Marie rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2018

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...

Cindy rated it ★★★★☆

January 28, 2018

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 li...

MaryBeth's rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2018

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 1...

Bam rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2018

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 ev...

Sherri rated it ★★★★☆

March 25, 2018

This is a quirky little book that has short chapters which makes for quick reading. I really enjoyed this book and laughed out loud in many spots. This is Kate Greathead’s debut novel and I think she did a great job with it. Thank you for this complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schu...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

March 03, 2018

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 Rob...

BELLETRIST rated it ★★★★★

April 03, 2018

APRIL #BELLETRISTBOOK is in! 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.... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We can’t wait...

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