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General Information

Name:  Emily Giffin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland

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Illinois Connection

In 1986 Emily's family moved to Naperville, Illinois. She attended Naperville North High School and earned her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University.

Biographical and Professional Information

After graduating from law school in 1997, Giffin 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''. She did not give up and ultimately ended up signing a two book deal with St. Martin's Press. She has since gone on to write several more books. Giffin currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Something borrowed /
ISBN: 031232118X. OCLC Number:

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After a night of indiscriminate partying, Rachel sleeps with a close friend's fiancé and is consumed with guilt, until the intensity of her feelings forces her to make a difficult choice.

Something blue /
ISBN: 0312323859. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 2005.

Her belief in the power of beauty shattered when her fiancé dumps her for a plain woman, a pregnant Darcy flees to London and struggles to rebuild her glamorous life before realizing that her past methods no longer work.

Baby proof /
ISBN: 0312348649. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 2006.

Is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love? What happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things? First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes--a baby carriage. Isn't that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.--From publisher description.

Love the one you're with /
ISBN: 0312348673. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 2008.

A chance encounter forces one woman to question her decisions, her marriage, and herself.

Heart of the matter /
ISBN: 0312554168. OCLC Number:

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Following a tragic accident, two women--Tessa Russo, a renowned pediatric surgeon, and Valerie Anderson, an attorney and single mother--living in the same Boston suburb but with relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children converge in ways no one could have imagined.

Where we belong :
ISBN: 0312554192. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 2012.

Her carefully constructed life thrown into turmoil by the appearance of an eighteen-year-old girl with ties to her past, New York television producer Marian Caldwell is swept up in a maelstrom of personal discovery that changes both of their perceptions about family.

The one & only :
ISBN: 0345546903. OCLC Number:

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Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family's mother.

First comes love :
ISBN: 034554692X. OCLC Number:

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"In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads. Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single--and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother--a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend's daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she's always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands. On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she's married to a wonderful man, and together they're raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew. and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first. Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart--wherever that may lead. Praise for Emily Giffin "Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master. She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called 'a modern-day Jane Austen.' "--Chicago Sun-Times "A dependably down-to-earth, girlfriendly storyteller."--The New York Times "Giffin's talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh."--People "Emily Giffin is the creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride."--San Francisco Chronicle "Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner."--Southern Living "Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt."--Entertainment Weekly"--

All we ever wanted :
ISBN: 0399178929. OCLC Number:

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Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. Her husband's tech business is booming, and her adored son, Finch, is bound for Princeton. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. His adored daughter, Lyla, attends Nashville's most prestigious private school on a scholarship. But amid the wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn't always fit in. Then one devastating photo changes everything. Finch snaps a picture of Lyla passed out at a party, adds a provocative caption, and sends it to a few friends. The photo spreads like wildfire, and before long, an already divided community is buzzing with scandal and assigning blame. In the middle of it all, Nina finds herself relating more to Tom's reaction than her own husband's -- and facing an impossible choice.


Something Borrowed

  • Number One Bestseller, New York Times
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013
  • Something Blue

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Heart of the Matter

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Where We Belong

  • Number One Bestseller, New York Times
  • The One & Only

  • Number One Bestseller, New York Times
  • One of the Best Books of the Year, Popsugar

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