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Author: Philip Galanes Narrator: Laurie Klein Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9780062131683
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EMMA’S TABLE opens with Emma Sutton arriving at the esteemed FitzCoopers auction house. As always, Emma knows exactly what she wants - a beautiful Japanese table - but she doesn’t necessarily realize what she’s getting: the opportunity to set things right. For Emma happens to be fresh from a year-long stretch in prison and the media-blood-letting that accompanied her fall, and she needs a clean start. Her return to her former life – her glittering business success and her fractured family, the TV cameras and the chauffeured cars, the awkward Sunday dinners at home: none of it feels quite right. To her credit, Emma listens to the whispering realization that comes on the heels of her crisis: She needs to find a better way, though she can’t imagine what it might be. Enter Benjamin, Emma’s assistant – a terminally charming young social worker, who moonlights for her on the weekends – and one of Benjamin’s most heart-breaking wards, an obese little girl from Queens named Gracie.

Along with a handful of eclectic supporting characters – including a tiny Japanese diplomat, a bossy yoga instructor, and Emma’s prodigal ex-husband – Emma, Benjamin, and Gracie are whisked into a fleet-footed story of unforeseen circumstance and delicious opportunity, as their individual searches for their better paths bring them all, however improbably, together.

Sophisticated yet accessible, lighthearted but not insubstantial, EMMA’S TABLE is a highly entertaining and surprisingly affecting tale of second chances.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/6/2013

    " The book was well written and the character development was good, but I didn't get really excited by any character. It came full circle in the end, but I was constantly hoping for more and it never came. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 11/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this "Matha Stewart" character, and I enjoyed the overall theme that all of us can make different choices, no matter the path we are on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 10/24/2013

    " This is a thinly veiled book about a Martha Stewart like person. There are some surprise personal growth and insight by the characters as they interact even with Emma (aka Martha). Good if you like dogs, interior decorating, and an ensemble of people who become like a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 9/21/2013

    " A decent story, comedy of manners about a Martha Stewart-like character and the people around her. Cute read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/9/2013

    " In retrospect and in light of conversation with lovely Ruthie I had to admit that this book might be one of the worst I read all year, even given that I read it at the pool. Pretty thin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 5/31/2013

    " Not much to say about this book. There was no real depth - the story line & characters were okay (the main character has a lot of Martha Stewart traits that have been portrayed in the media). Easy weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/17/2013

    " Fun read. Starts with some interesting character development but ending wraps too quickly like the author ran out of time? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 11/27/2012

    " Obviously a Martha Stewart spoof, it leaves one sad for Martha. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 11/26/2012

    " A fluffy book, but fun to read, and you have to love that the object of desire is a Nakashima table...without a single picture. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2012

    " Ugh. Terrible! Completely unsympathetic characters. I didn't even bother finishing the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/23/2012

    " I actually really liked this book...it's a quick read and if you are a fan of Martha Stewart it is a fun read although the story is fairly predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hillary | 6/20/2012

    " I'm not sure this book even deserves one star. Felt like a poorly fictionalized account of Martha Stewart, which barely scatched the surface of the otherwise potentially interesting charcters in the book. Wouldn't recommend this one unless you are look for a fast, mindless read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 4/29/2012

    " Dry. It was almost like 2 books in 1. I kept waiting for the characters to cross paths - once they did, there was only about 20 pages or less left and it all wrapped up way too quickly for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/7/2012

    " Eh, there are better uses of your time out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/2/2012

    " Loved it! Ties in well w/ "An Object of Beauty." Art world in New York. Doesn't take itself too seriously. About how our relationships redeem us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/29/2012

    " I could only identify with one character from this book and that was 9 year old Gracie. Emma is ala Martha Stewart and the rest are shallowly developed characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/31/2012

    " I cannot recall where I saw this book and added it to my list. "

About the Narrator

James Oliver Curwood (1878–1927) was born in Owosso, Michigan, where he lived for most of his life. He studied journalism at the University of Michigan, and in 1900 he left the university and married Cora Leon Johnson. This was also the year he sold his first story, “Across the Range,” for five dollars. He went to work for the Detroit News-Tribune covering funerals and for a pharmaceutical company until he was able to support himself through his writing. In 1909 Curwood divorced Cora and married Ethel Greenwood. That was also the year he took his first trip into the Canadian Northwest and thereafter would spend up to six months each year in the arctic wilderness. This was where he set some of his most successful books. Over his lifetime, Curwood wrote over thirty books. Among them were The Grizzly King, The Wolf Hunters, The Alaskan, The Country Beyond, and Son of the Forests.