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Author: Laura Dave Narrator: Joy Osmanski Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781442386280
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A breakout novel from an author who “positively shines with wisdom and intelligence,” (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You) “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, Maine).

What if your beloved fiancé, he of the crinkly smile and the irresistible British accent, had kept a life-changing secret from you? And what if, just a week before your dream wedding, you discovered it?

When these questions become realities for bride-to-be Georgia Ford, she does the only thing that seems to make sense. She runs. She hops in her car and drives through the night, from Los Angeles to Sonoma, to her safe haven, to her messy and loving family, and their acclaimed family winery. Georgia craves the company of those who know her best, and whom she truly knows. And, on the eve of the harvest, Georgia knows she’ll find solace—and distraction—in 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. And, much to Georgia’s dismay, it seems likely that this harvest may be the family’s last.

Bestselling author Laura Dave has been dubbed “a wry observer of modern love” (USA TODAY), a “decadent storyteller” (Marie Claire), and “compulsively readable” (Woman’s Day). Set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma’s wine country, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity…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

  • “Laura Dave paints Sonoma County and its inhabitants with both warmth and smarts in this delicious novel.”

    Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Need a vacation? Dave will transport you with mouthwatering lasagna, breathtaking vistas—and an unforgettable lesson in loyalty.”

    Glamour

  • “[A] breezy rom-com.”

    Us Weekly

  • “The idyllic life of Georgia Ford is crashing down—oh, and it’s just days before her wedding. Cue cold feet.”

    Marie Claire magazine

  • “A quick, fun read, perfect for swallowing in one, delicious gulp rather than careful, measured sips.”

    Bustle magazine

  • “Narrator Joy Osmanski’s feisty delivery is just right for Georgia…Whether recounting flashbacks or dealing with present-day crises, Osmanski’s performance is winning.”

    AudioFile

  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 9 Hot Beach Reads You’ll Remember All Summer
  • A Marie Claire Magazine Pick
  • A Good Housekeeping Pick
  • A Elle Magazine Pick of Readers' Selections
  • A Cosmopolitan Best Book for Summer Reads
  • A June 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A 2015 Glamour Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Summer

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About the Author

Laura Dave is the author of the acclaimed novel London Is the Best City in America. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, Self, Redbook, ESPN the Magazine, and the New York Observer. Cosmopolitan named her one of the “Fun and Fearless Phenoms” of the year in 2008. She currently lives in California.

About the Narrator

Joy Osmanski, theater, television, and film actress, is an award-winning audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards. She graduated from Principia College with a degree in creative writing and received her MFA from UC San Diego.