Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead

Laura & Emma

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SPRING 2018 SELECTION BY* ESQUIRE * NYLON * SOUTHERN LIVING *“Unputdownable.”—Library Journal 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...

Details Laura & Emma

TitleLaura & Emma
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Laura & Emma

  • Amalia Gavea
    ‘’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,...
  • Elyse
    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 ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    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 epidemi...
  • Marie
    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, humanizin...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    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...
  • Bam
    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 re...
  • Natalie
    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 t...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'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 w...
  • Ellen
    "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’...
  • Cindy H.
    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 La...
  • Patty
    Laura And EmmaByKate GreatheadWhat it's all about...Laura is an “upper class” girl...New York private schools, trust funds, and a family beach house that no one uses but her. By an unbelievable accident...she 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 a...
  • Sally Stieglitz
    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 regret...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    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...
  • Karly
    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 ab...
  • Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
    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...
  • Peg
    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 ...
  • Lorraine
    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 fam...
  • Denice Barker
    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 ...
  • Katelyn Attanasio
    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.)
  • Lauren Jenkins
    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.
  • Pam
    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 endi...
  • Betsy Dunphy
    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!
  • Kiki
    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.
  • Janet
    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 ...
  • Rebecca
    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....well...different. A lot of times it was dif...
  • Sara
    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...
  • Amy Morgan
    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 ca...