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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Dave Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781423352389
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Two women at the opposite ends of marriage are trying to answer the same question: When should you fight to save a relationship and when should you begin to let go? On their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, Gwyn Huntington and her husband, Thomas, invite friends and family over for a most unusual celebration. Their home, Huntington Hall, has been in the family for generations after surviving the Great Hurricane of 1938, which tore Montauk apart. Instead of celebrating their life there, Gwyn and Thomas are toasting their divorce. The weekend also marks the first time that their son, Nate, brings his fiancée, Maggie, home to Montauk. But Maggie finds herself wondering if it will be the last, because she discovers a secret Nate has kept for years. A multigenerational novel about love, family, and what it means to build a life with someone, The Divorce Party brings us two immensely appealing women: Gwyn, at the end of her marriage, and her future daughter-in-law, Maggie, at the beginning. Though they make very different choices, both women ultimately discover how to create the lives that they most want to lead. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather KS | 2/12/2014

    " This was a really good idea for a book. I loved how you knew there were secrets but they slowly unfolded. I absolutely LOVED Gwyn and her real motives behind the Divorce Party. This would make a great beach read/afternoon at the pool book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book, but just know that it is a light read not suitable for a bookclub discussion. After reading a great deal on non-fiction I needed something that was just entertaining and this book more than served the purpose. A great vacation or plane read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/1/2014

    " I read this because I liked "My First Husband" by Laura Dave so well. I thought this was original--the way it alternated between an engaged couple and a couple still in love, but whose marriage is falling apart. Good stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/29/2014

    " Really good. Couple on Montauk getting divorced. Their son brings his fiance to divorce party. She finds out he was married before but still stays with him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/28/2014

    " This book was enjoyable but predictable. I read it fairly quickly, but was turned off by some of the grammatical issues. There were far too many sentence fragments for my liking, and I found quite a few spacing issues - lack of spaces between random words. The spacing could only apply to the Kindle edition, as I don't have a hard copy of the book for comparison. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iva Pejkovic | 1/26/2014

    " Suprisingly, it was OK. I thaught this will be just one of those girlie books I will read and then think - My God, everyone can publish a novel, but the way author tells a story is very simple, but still not phatetic. Read if you want to know how marriage can end and that's not drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SMZ | 1/18/2014

    " Story of two generations and the struggles couples face. Laura Dave is a great writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauri | 10/29/2013

    " I expected more. Minor point but the use of punctuation was bad and forced me to reread sentences. Really thought I would like the book but never really did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Kenyon | 10/2/2013

    " A huge storm, the end of a marriage, and the Hamptons. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it definitely stays with you. The characters and their faults/motivations/tragedies really get into your head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 4/21/2013

    " Absolutely gorgeous. Give yourself a treat and read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/15/2012

    " This book was really good! I think it is my favorite of Laura Dave's three novels. I enjoyed the foil of the two woman and their relationship troubles, and as always, I thought Dave's writing was geat. I think this would make an excellent movie- Reese should have bought the rights to this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shellye M. | 12/1/2012

    " An easy, albeit formulaic read. Appealing characters and you do want to see how the author wraps up all those storylines. "

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

    " Went to camp with the author, so had to buy and read it. Love her observations, and the locale--Montauk, where my family has hit the beach for decades. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/10/2012

    " Read this book as research for a book I'm writing that has a character going through divorce. The book wasn't what I was expecting, but I liked it nonetheless. I liked how Laura Dave went from a woman at the end of a marriage and an engaged woman. The look back and the look forward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di | 10/30/2012

    " This book really makes you open your eyes. Divorice Party. Is it such a bad idea? The point was to celebrate what you DID have instead of focusing on the fact that it is no over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/1/2012

    " The title caught my eye - the synopsis drew me in - the characters , story and writing style amazed me ! I totally expected fluff - boy was I wrong . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/6/2012

    " I like this author, and enjoyed this book. A quick read, but leaves you thinking once it's done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/5/2012

    " I really liked this book because it profiled three generations of one family. I did feel like the author could have gone deeper into their histories and relationships instead of primarily focusing on the present circumstances of each couple. A nice story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellin | 4/18/2012

    " I wish there were more categories for rating the books. Sometimes it's like I'm comparing apples and oranges. I gave this book 3 stars but if there was a "beach read" category, I probably would have rated it higher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alana | 3/4/2012

    " I found this book to be hilarious "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 11/19/2011

    " There were some thoughtful parts that I enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Gacey | 10/1/2011

    " A much deeper book than the cover suggests. I loved the different narratives, especially Gwyn's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/7/2011

    " This book was depressing.... Although what did I expect from a book called The Divorce Party :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/6/2011

    " A much deeper book than the cover suggests. I loved the different narratives, especially Gwyn's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/11/2010

    " Good book. Not as good as her other, "London Is The Best City In America" (not as good by a long shot), but still good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iva | 10/8/2010

    " Suprisingly, it was OK. I thaught this will be just one of those girlie books I will read and then think - My God, everyone can publish a novel, but the way author tells a story is very simple, but still not phatetic. Read if you want to know how marriage can end and that's not drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SMZ | 9/25/2010

    " Story of two generations and the struggles couples face. Laura Dave is a great writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mabel | 8/8/2010

    " A well-written and enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/7/2010

    " This book was depressing.... Although what did I expect from a book called The Divorce Party :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luciana | 5/6/2010

    " Leitura de aeroporto. Era o que tinha disponível lá. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/17/2010

    " This was a good audiobook for the treadmill. Novel about the effect of a parents divorce (and its party) on the impending marriage of their son and his finace. Better than I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/21/2010

    " Read this book as research for a book I'm writing that has a character going through divorce. The book wasn't what I was expecting, but I liked it nonetheless. I liked how Laura Dave went from a woman at the end of a marriage and an engaged woman. The look back and the look forward. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Dave

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

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.