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|Born||Emily Fisk Giffin
March 20, 1972
|Occupation||Writer, former lawyer|
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University (B.A.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)
Emily Giffin was born on March 20, 1972. She attended Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), where she was a member of a creative writing club and served as editor-in-chief for the school's newspaper. Giffin earned her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, where she double majored in history and English and also served as manager of the basketball team. She then attended law school at the University of Virginia.
After graduating from law school in 1997, she moved to Manhattan and worked in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. However, she was determined to seriously pursue her writing. In 2001, she moved to London and began writing full-time. Her first young adult novel, Lily Holding True, was rejected by eight publishers. Giffin began a new novel, then titled Rolling the Dice, which became the bestselling novel Something Borrowed.
Giffin found an agent in 2002 and signed a two book deal with St. Martin's Press. While doing revisions on Something Borrowed, she found the inspiration for a sequel, Something Blue. Something Borrowed was released spring 2004. It received positive reviews and made the extended New York Times bestsellers list. Something Blue followed in 2005, and in 2006, her third, Baby Proof, made its debut. She spent 2007 finishing her fourth novel, Love the One You're With.
All seven of her novels have been international bestsellers. Three appeared simultaneously on USA Today's Top 150 list. Something Borrowed was adapted into a major feature film (released on May 6, 2011), and its sequel novel Something Blue has also been optioned for film.
Something Borrowed (2004)
Rachel White and Darcy Rhone have been best friends since childhood. Rachel is used to being the good girl, the hard worker who exists in the shadow of flashy—often selfish—Darcy. However, on her 30th birthday, Rachel drinks too much and sleeps with Darcy's fiance, Dexter. The fling turns into an affair, and Rachel is forced to decide which is more important, friendship or true love.
Something Blue (2005)
The sequel to Something Borrowed, Something Blue tells the story of Darcy Rhone, who thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma. But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel White, the good girl, gets together with her ex-fiance, while Darcy finds herself alone and pregnant. Trying to recover, she flees to her childhood friend (Ethan) living in London and resorts to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her old ways no longer apply. It also explores the world of a spoiled brat figuring out how to be a mother. In the end Darcy falls in love with Ethan and they begin a relationship, while Dex and Rachel are now married with a child of their own.
Baby Proof (2006)
Claudia Parr and her perfect husband Ben agreed from the beginning of their marriage that children are not for them. When Ben changes his mind, Claudia is forced to reevaluate her reasons for not wanting children. At the same time, she wonders, is there ever a deal-breaker for true love?
Love the One You're With (2008)
Ellen and Andy’s marriage has been perfect for the first hundred days. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into her former beau Leo for the first time in eight years. Although Leo brought out the worst in her and left her heartbroken with no explanation, he is also the love she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she is living is the one she is meant to live.
Heart of the Matter (2010)
Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie, a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, Valerie has given up on romance—and even to some degree, friendships—believing that it is always safer not to expect too much. Although both Tessa and Valerie live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from parenthood. However, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge.
The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone (2012)
The prequel to Something Blue and Something Borrowed, The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone gives readers a glimpse of Rachel and Darcy's lives before college, law school and Dex.
Where We Belong (2012)
Thirty-six-year-old Marian Caldwell is a successful television producer whose life changes when 18-year-old Kirby Rose appears on her doorstep.
The One and Only (2014)
Thirty-four-year-old Shea Rigsby has a job and a relationship in a small town in Texas, but after a tragic event she wonders if there isn't more to life. She must take risks to find out if she is taking the right direction in life.
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