Laura & Emma

Laura & Emma❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Laura & Emma Author Kate Greathead – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A tender, witty debut novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society in the late twentieth century from a nine time Moth StorySLAM championLaura hails A tender, witty debut novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society in the late twentieth century from a nine time Moth StorySLAM championLaura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties One weekend inshe meets Jefferson The two Laura & MOBI :¼ sleep together He vanishes And Laura realizes she s pregnant Enter Emma Despite her progressive values, Laura raises Emma by herself in the same blue blood world of private schools and summer homes she grew up in, buoyed by a host of indelible characters, including her eccentric mother, who informs her society friends and Emma herself that she was fathered by a Swedish sperm donor her brother, whose childhood stutter reappears in the presence of their forbidding father an exceptionally kind male pediatrician and her overbearing best friend, whose life has followed the Park Avenue script in every way except for childbearing Meanwhile, the apple falls far from the tree with Emma, who begins to question her environment in a way her mother never could Told in vignettes that mine the profound from the mundane, with meditations on everything from sex and death to insomnia and the catharsis of crying on the subway, a textured portrait emerges of a woman struggling to understand herself, her daughter, and the changing landscape of New York City in the eighties and nineties. You re not supposed to cry when someone gives you a present Although I m not actually a reader of what I call Family Conflict novels, I cannot say no to stories whose protagonists are single parents I consider the women and men who decide to raise their children without a partner s help, overcoming any social or financial obstacles, to be the bravest of the brave When the novel is also set in New York, I m bound to read it eagerly And I was not disappointed.The story centers aYou re not supposed to cry when someone gives you a present Although I m not actually a reader of what I call Family Conflict novels, I cannot say no to stories whose protagonists are single parents I consider the women and men who decide to raise their children without a partner s help, overcoming any social or financial obstacles, to be the bravest of the brave When the novel is also set in New York, I m bound to read it eagerly And I was not disappointed.The story centers around Laura, a bright, bookish young woman, who decides to let her defences down for a single night The result is a baby girl, Emma Laura decides to raise her daughter alone, since the father is a no no case and from 1980 until 1995, we follow her development as a woman and a mother, we witness how the relationship with Emma evolves, we are a part of her dilemmas, hopes and frustrations And let me tell you, frustration isn t an adequate word to describe the amount of idiocy of the people around poor Laura Through her eyes, we also observe the changes not only of New York but of a whole era While the focus is on the mother daughter relationship, Greathead enriches her story with a number of issues, controversial and thought provoking New York is always a character in very novel set in this fascinating city, but I was very intrigued by the writer s choice to place her plot in the special, turbulent decades of the 80s and the 90s The HIV nightmare and the witch hunt against certain groups of people The impact of the World Trade Center, the various stereotypes and discriminations concerning the upper and middle classes and the diversity of the people who populate New York In my opinion, Greathead succeeded in presenting a well written, balanced social commentary, especially on the social conventions that dictate how a single mother is basically an incomplete person and the difficulty of a large number of people to accept that not all of us need a partner or a husband That some of us don t consider romance and sex as necessary in order to live a meaningful, useful life More often than not, life provides many advantages to those who refuse to place themselves under the yoke.Can you tell I am frightfully against the idea of marriage But anywayThe dialogue is vivid, the narration flows as we are given snippets of daily life, with an array of colourful but highly unsympathetic people and evencolourful incidents Those who claim that this is a WASP novel of New York elite Well, they probably watch too many bad TV series Projecting our own bias into our understanding of a story is simplistic and juvenile The problem is we never bother to look deeper into a situation and we think that placing labels on everyone is enough to get it over with This is a major theme in this novel.I fully sympathised with Laura She doesn t accept the social restrictions and the etiquette of the so called upper class However, she doesn t quite fit anywhere and her courage to stand up to her family s questionable values is limited But she tries, at least She is a very good mother than noone seems to appreciate and I admit I wanted her stronger I wanted her to punch all of her kin on their turned up noses and tell them what s what Including her daughter who is one of the most revolting children I ve seen on page And believe me, I ve had my full share of spoiled tiny humans over the years Despite Laura s efforts, Emma is selfish, spoiled, ungrateful, mean and never recognises her mother s sacrifices for her Much like her grandmother, actually This is a finely written novel on the notion of motherhood, the sacrifices, the joy and the fear, the unique bond between a mother and a daughter with all the ups and downs A novel of character, elegance, of sadness, yet hopeful and vaguely optimistic The only weakness The lack of compelling characters with the exception of Laura Definitely a recommended read and bound to be one of the most beautiful debuts of 2018.Many thanks to Simon Schuster and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.My reviews can also be found on Kooky and Quirky are words that kept popping into my head as I read and enjoyed Laura Emma with dialogue that included such sayings as hippy dippy , lousy goosey , and hoity toity Don t get me wrong there are plenty of serious themes in this novel but there are just so many wacky moments that this novel becomes really comical Emma was born in 1981. the same year my first born child was born too but unlike Emma our daughter was raised with a mom dad Laura Kooky and Quirky are words that kept popping into my head as I read and enjoyed Laura Emma with dialogue that included such sayings as hippy dippy , lousy goosey , and hoity toity Don t get me wrong there are plenty of serious themes in this novel but there are just so many wacky moments that this novel becomes really comical Emma was born in 1981. the same year my first born child was born too but unlike Emma our daughter was raised with a mom dad Laura was a single mother Laura not only had a one night stand oops no birth control protection but she had sex with a con artist bunk mate potential thief the maid chased him away before he got away with suitcases filled with loot , who tells her he was roommates with her brother years ago when they were in boarding school When Laura mentioned to her brother that she met his roommate from boarding school that he was staying at the apt the same week she was his response was He had a Single Oops against Wouldn t you be somewhat embarrassed to discover you re pregnant for allowing yourself to be seduced by charm and wine by an intruder scumbag Laura was too She didn t want to tell her parents, her brother or her child the truth Mr Hot Stud was apparently from Sweden so it was very easy to produce a story about artificial insemination donated from Swedish sperm of course a little truth never hurt anyone So..We watch Emma grow up spirited a word her mother uses herself I thought she was a kick refreshing real wise observant often picking up on value inconsistencies of her mother.We watch Laura grow up questionable good book club discussion JUST ABOUT LAURA S character Given that Laura had very little experience with men, sex, and social variety experiences and awareness before having a child she really didn t fully know who she was or where she best fit in the world yet Even her enjoyment of the one night stand letting go sexually excited her to beautify herself with happy anticipation to see her guy again the next day which didn t happen.was an indicator that Laura could have blossom in many varied directions but Emma is born.Emma becomes prime priority overwine ravenous evenings Even Laura s mother supported her being a single mother as she sure didn t talk very highly of husbands Laura and her mother both consider men handy tool guys of little other value oh my Wowok Laura and Emma had relationship struggles which were frustrating and at times it was hard to see the source of the problem Mother or Daughter The author Kate Greathead did a great job demonstrating the extreme difficulties in being able to see where a problem starts and where one ends between a mother and daughter It s not easy to identify the absolute truth in these types of relationships ANY MOTHER KNOWS THIS single or married.Each chapter in this novel from 1981 1995 covers a year the setting is in Manhattan at the end of the twentieth century so we re visit the hostile environment homicides near record high the crack cocaine epidemic lots of small businesses as compared toBig chain stores today and the AIDS epidemic fashion memories too funny I didn t see myself wearing clothes mentioned but I enjoyed some great laughs and cultural society changes that touch personal lives.More laughs with Bibs Laura s mom Emma s grandmother.Douglas is Laura s dad has a side of him that has you shaking your head.Margaret Bossy best friend to Laura another character to form opinions..Dr Brown A guidance counselor to Laura another interesting character with his own issues to deal with too.Nicolas Laura s brother pediatrician very sensitive to his father s opinion Sweet kind guy So.lots going on not without flaws but this is REALLY ENJOYABLE.My best way to sum things up is there are serious themesrelationship issues thought provoking enough to make this a great book club pick But it s the quirkiness in the writing with intelligent authentic angst that adds so much charm that makes this story come alive Thank You Simon Schuster, Netgalley, and Kate Greathead Nothing big happens in this novel There are no big splashy scenes, no dramatic renderings, no horrific accidents, just the life lived of a young woman, Laura and her daughter Emma Just life as it goes day by day, in all it s often messy glory Laura comes from a very privileged background, and as much as she discards part of its trappings on one hand,on the other her job is owed to this background As is part of her financial health and the monetary with all to buy the apartment she lives in a Nothing big happens in this novel There are no big splashy scenes, no dramatic renderings, no horrific accidents, just the life lived of a young woman, Laura and her daughter Emma Just life as it goes day by day, in all it s often messy glory Laura comes from a very privileged background, and as much as she discards part of its trappings on one hand,on the other her job is owed to this background As is part of her financial health and the monetary with all to buy the apartment she lives in and send her daughter to an exclusive school Although she tries to make conscientious choices in her dress and shopping habits, she doesn t question many of the things her family s wealth provides.She conceives Emma in a slightly funny, slightly sad way The young Emma is alot of fun, some of the early scenes involving her a joy to read As she ages she questions many of the things her mother never could The humor is restrained, ironic and amusing In fact I felt the writing itself was restrained, kept me at a distance, an observer of the mother and daughter process This was a good book, an interesting look at the differences and similarities between mothers and daughters Laura s own mother provides quite a bit of humor in the early chapters A fascinating look of family y dynamics at play One doesn t always need big scenes to enjoy a book, and this book proved,for me, that to be true Would have rated this higher but I would have liked a littleemotion, so I could feel part of the story instead of just looking in from a distance.ARC from Netgalley 3.5 StarsSometimes you picture me I m walking too far aheadYou re calling to me, I can t hearWhat you ve said Then you say go slow I fall behind The second hand unwinds If you re lost you can look and you will find meTime after timeIf you fall I will catch you I ll be waiting Time after time Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper, Songwriters Rob Hyman Cyndi LauperLaura was raised in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, her parents themselves born into old money But Laura never really seems 3.5 StarsSometimes you picture me I m walking too far aheadYou re calling to me, I can t hearWhat you ve said Then you say go slow I fall behind The second hand unwinds If you re lost you can look and you will find meTime after timeIf you fall I will catch you I ll be waiting Time after time Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper, Songwriters Rob Hyman Cyndi LauperLaura was raised in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, her parents themselves born into old money But Laura never really seems to fit into that world, her goals, her sense of style are borne of another era from the 1980 s, but she is comfortable with herself the way she is She likes to think of herself as not as much a part of the elite as her parents And then she meets a man, and soon enough Emma will be born, but the father hasn t been heard from since the night Emma was conceived.She tells her parents, and others that she conceived via a sperm donor with Swedish roots And life goes on with Laura very content to continue on with her routines, and add those of Emma s, and time passes the way it usually does, occasionally ruffled by something of note, but typically routine, otherwise.There was something about Laura, her world felt so protected and not because she was born into wealth, or expected this lifestyle to continue it felt as though her view of the world, and her world was a half breath away from reality In this sense, she reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant, that sense of quirky charm and appeal she had simply because she lived slightly apart from the world.Emma, on the other hand, seems very much swayed by her world as she ages She wants very much to find her place, where she fits in New York City, silently overlooking all, is always changing, with new people, new buildings, new shops and restaurants, yet in some ways the essence of what draws so many there remains There s nothing momentous that takes place in this story, which is very much a part of its charm There is a exploration of the awakening of both Laura and Emma as the years pass, the realities and decisions we all face, and a nod to how much easier it is to face them with a littlemoney The changes we all go through, although our circumstances are not identical to theirs, the changes they go through, are part of life and living Another quiet read, a simple story, beautifully told but sometimes that is just what you need Many thanks to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book A pensive, subtle story that provides us scenes in a life from the weighty to the commonplace.I read a column recently where the writer extolled the virtues of memoirs of lives that exemplified the challenges and realities of our common, daily existence, those that didn t face the extraordinary, but instead were about the decisions people have made before and millions will make again That s what this book of fiction aims to do and in that way delivers a textured portrait of a woman s life over A pensive, subtle story that provides us scenes in a life from the weighty to the commonplace.I read a column recently where the writer extolled the virtues of memoirs of lives that exemplified the challenges and realities of our common, daily existence, those that didn t face the extraordinary, but instead were about the decisions people have made before and millions will make again That s what this book of fiction aims to do and in that way delivers a textured portrait of a woman s life over the span of 15 years where nothing cataclysmic happens, yet its beauty is in its nuanced portrayal of a woman at odds with her family, her daughter, and sometimes even herself.I am drawn to character studies and family dramas and this delivered in both contexts It was as much about what makes us human as about class exploration and family dynamics, and as with most novels set in New York, the city becomes another character amongst the eccentrics in this story The writing is elegant, the wit understated and it s just slightly quirky Check, check, check, check for my reading tastes.I also found its structure added to its originality Starting in 1980, Greathead offers us glimpses into these lives, ordinary moments that take on meaning, big moments that don t and even one year that offers nothan two paragraphs about an asteroid passing by the earth The author writes and so their lives continued, much as they had before and how many of us can t relate to the passing of years, some of which you can t remember one single thing that stood out, but the spinning of the earth This may not work for everyone, but if you like the occasional quiet read, not one where you will learn something or are shocked by something, but just revel in the simplicity of a story, then this might just work for you too What I loved most about this book, was the unexpected heroine, Laura She is an unassuming woman who dresses plainly despite her beauty and avoids social gatherings However, she takes delight in the fisherman s gaze when she sunbathes topless She spends an eight week summer vacation in Ashuant repeating this ritual, while the other extended family members play and socialize elsewhere Each chapter in this book is filled with quirky, humanizing stories through which we get to know Laura so well What I loved most about this book, was the unexpected heroine, Laura She is an unassuming woman who dresses plainly despite her beauty and avoids social gatherings However, she takes delight in the fisherman s gaze when she sunbathes topless She spends an eight week summer vacation in Ashuant repeating this ritual, while the other extended family members play and socialize elsewhere Each chapter in this book is filled with quirky, humanizing stories through which we get to know Laura so well This is a debut novel which follows Laura, and eventually her daughter too, through vignettes, each chapter representing a new year.Laura, born to an affluent family from New York s Upper East side, never had any interest in marriage or having a family of her own Her friends around her are all married and starting to have children, yet she has no interest Nor does she have interest in intercourse She prefers to live a quiet life Just to be sure that nothing is wrong with her, she visits an analyst so as to be declared mentally sound.Not interested in vacations, she sometimes visted her parents apartment on the Upper East side while they were in Europe in August One time, she stays there alongside Jefferson, whom she presumes to be one of her brother s friends from back in boarding school After a week of cohabitation, he opens up a bottle of her father s wine which leads to a one night stand and pregnancy He is gone the next day and she later discovers that there was no relationship between Jefferson and her brother Subsequent to their night together, he narrowly escapes being caught from a neighbor s home, and leaves behind all the belongings he had stolen from her parents home She ends up having the baby, who is named Emma, and tells people that she used a sperm donor Her mother presses her on the origins of the sperm and is very pleased when Laura responds, that it is Swedish.From this point, the story pivots around the relationship between Laura and Emma and their immediate circle of friends and family There are many themes running through the novel One theme has to do with labels and how difficult it is to label others or even oneself Laura, once a single woman with no plans of adding to population explosion, becomes a mother She goes from not wanting to date at all, to attempting to date men, then women She continues to accept her share of money flowing from her parents, but attempts to live less luxuriously and to help others.Laura seems to be a study in contradictions She lives to a great extent off of the money from her parents She has a job which she was given solely because she is the daughter of her parents, planning weddings at the library museum which was once her great grandfather s residence Even though it is the height of wedding season, she is able to take 8 weeks off in the summer, so she can summer in Ashaunt However, she takes pride in living in an apartment building across the street from Harlem She works at a local women s shelter on Sundays She tries not to embody her upper class status and privilege, while accepting its advantages handily.I very much enjoyed reading this book Like Laura, there is muchthan meets the eye with this book It may seem like a quite unassuming book, but is so muchFor me, this was a surprisingly entertaining read with endearing well developed characters and deeper themes beneath it s lighthearted surface Laura and Emma is a beautifully written book about the relationship between a mother and daughter, each an individual who marches to the beat of a different drummer They are born into privilege in New York City s Upper East Side, and Laura in particular struggles to separate herself from this life while still relying on aspects of this privilege But the novel covers so muchNew York City in the 1980 s and 1990 s, the AIDS epidemic as it unfolds, and post partum depression Greathead has Laura and Emma is a beautifully written book about the relationship between a mother and daughter, each an individual who marches to the beat of a different drummer They are born into privilege in New York City s Upper East Side, and Laura in particular struggles to separate herself from this life while still relying on aspects of this privilege But the novel covers so muchNew York City in the 1980 s and 1990 s, the AIDS epidemic as it unfolds, and post partum depression Greathead has written a novel about life and managing the hand one is dealt while overlaying the issues of a complicated era I received this book to read and review All opinions are my own Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful debut novel from Kate Greathead Laura and Kate deals with the relationship between a single mother and her headstrong daughter Set in New York City during the 1980 s and 1990 s it is filled with stories of private education, summer houses, family ties, the AIDS epidemic, and trying to find one s place in the world I loved that the story was told through a series of vigne Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful debut novel from Kate Greathead Laura and Kate deals with the relationship between a single mother and her headstrong daughter Set in New York City during the 1980 s and 1990 s it is filled with stories of private education, summer houses, family ties, the AIDS epidemic, and trying to find one s place in the world I loved that the story was told through a series of vignettes, inviting us in and exploring the lives of a whole cast of characters including Laura s hilariously eccentric mother, her brother who suffers from a stutter that rears its ugly head around their demanding father, a loving pediatrician, and friends who come and go from their lives I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewDNF 20%I wanted to like this book SO MUCH I loved Gil Girls and when a book is being touted as comparable to it, I knew I had to have it Unfortunately, I just could not connect with the writing style On top of that, I was really hoping for a character deep dive, but everything seemed to just be skimming the surface The vignette style of storytelling was just not for me and sadly, I must put this one aside.If you are in I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewDNF 20%I wanted to like this book SO MUCH I loved Gil Girls and when a book is being touted as comparable to it, I knew I had to have it Unfortunately, I just could not connect with the writing style On top of that, I was really hoping for a character deep dive, but everything seemed to just be skimming the surface The vignette style of storytelling was just not for me and sadly, I must put this one aside.If you are in the mood for something lighthearted and nothing too deep, you may still want to pick this one up A delightfully fun, character driven debut novel by Kate Greathead about Laura, a quirky young single mother, raising her daughter Emma in NYC But life hadn t required Laura to navigate unknown territory on her own She is a WASP descendant of one of the Robber Barons of old and works as an event planner at the museum that was once the private residence of her great grandfather The way in life has always been smoothed for her, even when it requires a few white lies such as about the paterni A delightfully fun, character driven debut novel by Kate Greathead about Laura, a quirky young single mother, raising her daughter Emma in NYC But life hadn t required Laura to navigate unknown territory on her own She is a WASP descendant of one of the Robber Barons of old and works as an event planner at the museum that was once the private residence of her great grandfather The way in life has always been smoothed for her, even when it requires a few white lies such as about the paternity of her child Her work hours are adjusted to fit her needs and she is given eight weeks paid vacation, even though she wants to take those weeks during the most inconvenient peak wedding season Life for these people is buffered by their social network of who s who and such privilege comes with its own set of rules, the right things to say and do But Laura tends to go her own way Her friends think Laura is oblivious to things like fashion because she wears a simple daily uniform of her own devising white turtleneck, Laura Ashley skirt and Frye cowboy boots But she feels she does this to save the earth from over consumption she took to heart the environmentalists credo Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without She lives off her salary, donating her trust fund dividend checks to charity But don t worry daddy does help with things like tuition to a private school for little Emma But are you really experiencing life if you always have to pause and wonder What am I supposed to feel How am I expected to react If you don t get down and get dirty in the trenches of life If your family doesn t make their own Thanksgiving turkey gasp And speaking of turkey, I enjoyed this story immensely and devoured it down in one day Pffft sorry The chapters are specific years of Laura s life beginning in 1980 and ending in 1995, years when I raised my own children so I could relate to some of the situations she finds herself in Does Laura grow as a person I think so but she makes as many mistakes as the rest of us along the way Many thanks to Simon Schuster for providing me with a copy of this lovely new book I believe Kate Greathead s career as a writer is off to a great start

Laura & Emma PDF/EPUB ò Laura &  MOBI :¼
    This guide aims to show you how to download Avenue script in every way except for childbearing Meanwhile, the apple falls far from the tree with Emma, who begins to question her environment in a way her mother never could Told in vignettes that mine the profound from the mundane, with meditations on everything from sex and death to insomnia and the catharsis of crying on the subway, a textured portrait emerges of a woman struggling to understand herself, her daughter, and the changing landscape of New York City in the eighties and nineties. You re not supposed to cry when someone gives you a present Although I m not actually a reader of what I call Family Conflict novels, I cannot say no to stories whose protagonists are single parents I consider the women and men who decide to raise their children without a partner s help, overcoming any social or financial obstacles, to be the bravest of the brave When the novel is also set in New York, I m bound to read it eagerly And I was not disappointed.The story centers aYou re not supposed to cry when someone gives you a present Although I m not actually a reader of what I call Family Conflict novels, I cannot say no to stories whose protagonists are single parents I consider the women and men who decide to raise their children without a partner s help, overcoming any social or financial obstacles, to be the bravest of the brave When the novel is also set in New York, I m bound to read it eagerly And I was not disappointed.The story centers around Laura, a bright, bookish young woman, who decides to let her defences down for a single night The result is a baby girl, Emma Laura decides to raise her daughter alone, since the father is a no no case and from 1980 until 1995, we follow her development as a woman and a mother, we witness how the relationship with Emma evolves, we are a part of her dilemmas, hopes and frustrations And let me tell you, frustration isn t an adequate word to describe the amount of idiocy of the people around poor Laura Through her eyes, we also observe the changes not only of New York but of a whole era While the focus is on the mother daughter relationship, Greathead enriches her story with a number of issues, controversial and thought provoking New York is always a character in very novel set in this fascinating city, but I was very intrigued by the writer s choice to place her plot in the special, turbulent decades of the 80s and the 90s The HIV nightmare and the witch hunt against certain groups of people The impact of the World Trade Center, the various stereotypes and discriminations concerning the upper and middle classes and the diversity of the people who populate New York In my opinion, Greathead succeeded in presenting a well written, balanced social commentary, especially on the social conventions that dictate how a single mother is basically an incomplete person and the difficulty of a large number of people to accept that not all of us need a partner or a husband That some of us don t consider romance and sex as necessary in order to live a meaningful, useful life More often than not, life provides many advantages to those who refuse to place themselves under the yoke.Can you tell I am frightfully against the idea of marriage But anywayThe dialogue is vivid, the narration flows as we are given snippets of daily life, with an array of colourful but highly unsympathetic people and evencolourful incidents Those who claim that this is a WASP novel of New York elite Well, they probably watch too many bad TV series Projecting our own bias into our understanding of a story is simplistic and juvenile The problem is we never bother to look deeper into a situation and we think that placing labels on everyone is enough to get it over with This is a major theme in this novel.I fully sympathised with Laura She doesn t accept the social restrictions and the etiquette of the so called upper class However, she doesn t quite fit anywhere and her courage to stand up to her family s questionable values is limited But she tries, at least She is a very good mother than noone seems to appreciate and I admit I wanted her stronger I wanted her to punch all of her kin on their turned up noses and tell them what s what Including her daughter who is one of the most revolting children I ve seen on page And believe me, I ve had my full share of spoiled tiny humans over the years Despite Laura s efforts, Emma is selfish, spoiled, ungrateful, mean and never recognises her mother s sacrifices for her Much like her grandmother, actually This is a finely written novel on the notion of motherhood, the sacrifices, the joy and the fear, the unique bond between a mother and a daughter with all the ups and downs A novel of character, elegance, of sadness, yet hopeful and vaguely optimistic The only weakness The lack of compelling characters with the exception of Laura Definitely a recommended read and bound to be one of the most beautiful debuts of 2018.Many thanks to Simon Schuster and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.My reviews can also be found on Kooky and Quirky are words that kept popping into my head as I read and enjoyed Laura Emma with dialogue that included such sayings as hippy dippy , lousy goosey , and hoity toity Don t get me wrong there are plenty of serious themes in this novel but there are just so many wacky moments that this novel becomes really comical Emma was born in 1981. the same year my first born child was born too but unlike Emma our daughter was raised with a mom dad Laura Kooky and Quirky are words that kept popping into my head as I read and enjoyed Laura Emma with dialogue that included such sayings as hippy dippy , lousy goosey , and hoity toity Don t get me wrong there are plenty of serious themes in this novel but there are just so many wacky moments that this novel becomes really comical Emma was born in 1981. the same year my first born child was born too but unlike Emma our daughter was raised with a mom dad Laura was a single mother Laura not only had a one night stand oops no birth control protection but she had sex with a con artist bunk mate potential thief the maid chased him away before he got away with suitcases filled with loot , who tells her he was roommates with her brother years ago when they were in boarding school When Laura mentioned to her brother that she met his roommate from boarding school that he was staying at the apt the same week she was his response was He had a Single Oops against Wouldn t you be somewhat embarrassed to discover you re pregnant for allowing yourself to be seduced by charm and wine by an intruder scumbag Laura was too She didn t want to tell her parents, her brother or her child the truth Mr Hot Stud was apparently from Sweden so it was very easy to produce a story about artificial insemination donated from Swedish sperm of course a little truth never hurt anyone So..We watch Emma grow up spirited a word her mother uses herself I thought she was a kick refreshing real wise observant often picking up on value inconsistencies of her mother.We watch Laura grow up questionable good book club discussion JUST ABOUT LAURA S character Given that Laura had very little experience with men, sex, and social variety experiences and awareness before having a child she really didn t fully know who she was or where she best fit in the world yet Even her enjoyment of the one night stand letting go sexually excited her to beautify herself with happy anticipation to see her guy again the next day which didn t happen.was an indicator that Laura could have blossom in many varied directions but Emma is born.Emma becomes prime priority overwine ravenous evenings Even Laura s mother supported her being a single mother as she sure didn t talk very highly of husbands Laura and her mother both consider men handy tool guys of little other value oh my Wowok Laura and Emma had relationship struggles which were frustrating and at times it was hard to see the source of the problem Mother or Daughter The author Kate Greathead did a great job demonstrating the extreme difficulties in being able to see where a problem starts and where one ends between a mother and daughter It s not easy to identify the absolute truth in these types of relationships ANY MOTHER KNOWS THIS single or married.Each chapter in this novel from 1981 1995 covers a year the setting is in Manhattan at the end of the twentieth century so we re visit the hostile environment homicides near record high the crack cocaine epidemic lots of small businesses as compared toBig chain stores today and the AIDS epidemic fashion memories too funny I didn t see myself wearing clothes mentioned but I enjoyed some great laughs and cultural society changes that touch personal lives.More laughs with Bibs Laura s mom Emma s grandmother.Douglas is Laura s dad has a side of him that has you shaking your head.Margaret Bossy best friend to Laura another character to form opinions..Dr Brown A guidance counselor to Laura another interesting character with his own issues to deal with too.Nicolas Laura s brother pediatrician very sensitive to his father s opinion Sweet kind guy So.lots going on not without flaws but this is REALLY ENJOYABLE.My best way to sum things up is there are serious themesrelationship issues thought provoking enough to make this a great book club pick But it s the quirkiness in the writing with intelligent authentic angst that adds so much charm that makes this story come alive Thank You Simon Schuster, Netgalley, and Kate Greathead Nothing big happens in this novel There are no big splashy scenes, no dramatic renderings, no horrific accidents, just the life lived of a young woman, Laura and her daughter Emma Just life as it goes day by day, in all it s often messy glory Laura comes from a very privileged background, and as much as she discards part of its trappings on one hand,on the other her job is owed to this background As is part of her financial health and the monetary with all to buy the apartment she lives in a Nothing big happens in this novel There are no big splashy scenes, no dramatic renderings, no horrific accidents, just the life lived of a young woman, Laura and her daughter Emma Just life as it goes day by day, in all it s often messy glory Laura comes from a very privileged background, and as much as she discards part of its trappings on one hand,on the other her job is owed to this background As is part of her financial health and the monetary with all to buy the apartment she lives in and send her daughter to an exclusive school Although she tries to make conscientious choices in her dress and shopping habits, she doesn t question many of the things her family s wealth provides.She conceives Emma in a slightly funny, slightly sad way The young Emma is alot of fun, some of the early scenes involving her a joy to read As she ages she questions many of the things her mother never could The humor is restrained, ironic and amusing In fact I felt the writing itself was restrained, kept me at a distance, an observer of the mother and daughter process This was a good book, an interesting look at the differences and similarities between mothers and daughters Laura s own mother provides quite a bit of humor in the early chapters A fascinating look of family y dynamics at play One doesn t always need big scenes to enjoy a book, and this book proved,for me, that to be true Would have rated this higher but I would have liked a littleemotion, so I could feel part of the story instead of just looking in from a distance.ARC from Netgalley 3.5 StarsSometimes you picture me I m walking too far aheadYou re calling to me, I can t hearWhat you ve said Then you say go slow I fall behind The second hand unwinds If you re lost you can look and you will find meTime after timeIf you fall I will catch you I ll be waiting Time after time Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper, Songwriters Rob Hyman Cyndi LauperLaura was raised in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, her parents themselves born into old money But Laura never really seems 3.5 StarsSometimes you picture me I m walking too far aheadYou re calling to me, I can t hearWhat you ve said Then you say go slow I fall behind The second hand unwinds If you re lost you can look and you will find meTime after timeIf you fall I will catch you I ll be waiting Time after time Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper, Songwriters Rob Hyman Cyndi LauperLaura was raised in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, her parents themselves born into old money But Laura never really seems to fit into that world, her goals, her sense of style are borne of another era from the 1980 s, but she is comfortable with herself the way she is She likes to think of herself as not as much a part of the elite as her parents And then she meets a man, and soon enough Emma will be born, but the father hasn t been heard from since the night Emma was conceived.She tells her parents, and others that she conceived via a sperm donor with Swedish roots And life goes on with Laura very content to continue on with her routines, and add those of Emma s, and time passes the way it usually does, occasionally ruffled by something of note, but typically routine, otherwise.There was something about Laura, her world felt so protected and not because she was born into wealth, or expected this lifestyle to continue it felt as though her view of the world, and her world was a half breath away from reality In this sense, she reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant, that sense of quirky charm and appeal she had simply because she lived slightly apart from the world.Emma, on the other hand, seems very much swayed by her world as she ages She wants very much to find her place, where she fits in New York City, silently overlooking all, is always changing, with new people, new buildings, new shops and restaurants, yet in some ways the essence of what draws so many there remains There s nothing momentous that takes place in this story, which is very much a part of its charm There is a exploration of the awakening of both Laura and Emma as the years pass, the realities and decisions we all face, and a nod to how much easier it is to face them with a littlemoney The changes we all go through, although our circumstances are not identical to theirs, the changes they go through, are part of life and living Another quiet read, a simple story, beautifully told but sometimes that is just what you need Many thanks to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book A pensive, subtle story that provides us scenes in a life from the weighty to the commonplace.I read a column recently where the writer extolled the virtues of memoirs of lives that exemplified the challenges and realities of our common, daily existence, those that didn t face the extraordinary, but instead were about the decisions people have made before and millions will make again That s what this book of fiction aims to do and in that way delivers a textured portrait of a woman s life over A pensive, subtle story that provides us scenes in a life from the weighty to the commonplace.I read a column recently where the writer extolled the virtues of memoirs of lives that exemplified the challenges and realities of our common, daily existence, those that didn t face the extraordinary, but instead were about the decisions people have made before and millions will make again That s what this book of fiction aims to do and in that way delivers a textured portrait of a woman s life over the span of 15 years where nothing cataclysmic happens, yet its beauty is in its nuanced portrayal of a woman at odds with her family, her daughter, and sometimes even herself.I am drawn to character studies and family dramas and this delivered in both contexts It was as much about what makes us human as about class exploration and family dynamics, and as with most novels set in New York, the city becomes another character amongst the eccentrics in this story The writing is elegant, the wit understated and it s just slightly quirky Check, check, check, check for my reading tastes.I also found its structure added to its originality Starting in 1980, Greathead offers us glimpses into these lives, ordinary moments that take on meaning, big moments that don t and even one year that offers nothan two paragraphs about an asteroid passing by the earth The author writes and so their lives continued, much as they had before and how many of us can t relate to the passing of years, some of which you can t remember one single thing that stood out, but the spinning of the earth This may not work for everyone, but if you like the occasional quiet read, not one where you will learn something or are shocked by something, but just revel in the simplicity of a story, then this might just work for you too What I loved most about this book, was the unexpected heroine, Laura She is an unassuming woman who dresses plainly despite her beauty and avoids social gatherings However, she takes delight in the fisherman s gaze when she sunbathes topless She spends an eight week summer vacation in Ashuant repeating this ritual, while the other extended family members play and socialize elsewhere Each chapter in this book is filled with quirky, humanizing stories through which we get to know Laura so well What I loved most about this book, was the unexpected heroine, Laura She is an unassuming woman who dresses plainly despite her beauty and avoids social gatherings However, she takes delight in the fisherman s gaze when she sunbathes topless She spends an eight week summer vacation in Ashuant repeating this ritual, while the other extended family members play and socialize elsewhere Each chapter in this book is filled with quirky, humanizing stories through which we get to know Laura so well This is a debut novel which follows Laura, and eventually her daughter too, through vignettes, each chapter representing a new year.Laura, born to an affluent family from New York s Upper East side, never had any interest in marriage or having a family of her own Her friends around her are all married and starting to have children, yet she has no interest Nor does she have interest in intercourse She prefers to live a quiet life Just to be sure that nothing is wrong with her, she visits an analyst so as to be declared mentally sound.Not interested in vacations, she sometimes visted her parents apartment on the Upper East side while they were in Europe in August One time, she stays there alongside Jefferson, whom she presumes to be one of her brother s friends from back in boarding school After a week of cohabitation, he opens up a bottle of her father s wine which leads to a one night stand and pregnancy He is gone the next day and she later discovers that there was no relationship between Jefferson and her brother Subsequent to their night together, he narrowly escapes being caught from a neighbor s home, and leaves behind all the belongings he had stolen from her parents home She ends up having the baby, who is named Emma, and tells people that she used a sperm donor Her mother presses her on the origins of the sperm and is very pleased when Laura responds, that it is Swedish.From this point, the story pivots around the relationship between Laura and Emma and their immediate circle of friends and family There are many themes running through the novel One theme has to do with labels and how difficult it is to label others or even oneself Laura, once a single woman with no plans of adding to population explosion, becomes a mother She goes from not wanting to date at all, to attempting to date men, then women She continues to accept her share of money flowing from her parents, but attempts to live less luxuriously and to help others.Laura seems to be a study in contradictions She lives to a great extent off of the money from her parents She has a job which she was given solely because she is the daughter of her parents, planning weddings at the library museum which was once her great grandfather s residence Even though it is the height of wedding season, she is able to take 8 weeks off in the summer, so she can summer in Ashaunt However, she takes pride in living in an apartment building across the street from Harlem She works at a local women s shelter on Sundays She tries not to embody her upper class status and privilege, while accepting its advantages handily.I very much enjoyed reading this book Like Laura, there is muchthan meets the eye with this book It may seem like a quite unassuming book, but is so muchFor me, this was a surprisingly entertaining read with endearing well developed characters and deeper themes beneath it s lighthearted surface Laura and Emma is a beautifully written book about the relationship between a mother and daughter, each an individual who marches to the beat of a different drummer They are born into privilege in New York City s Upper East Side, and Laura in particular struggles to separate herself from this life while still relying on aspects of this privilege But the novel covers so muchNew York City in the 1980 s and 1990 s, the AIDS epidemic as it unfolds, and post partum depression Greathead has Laura and Emma is a beautifully written book about the relationship between a mother and daughter, each an individual who marches to the beat of a different drummer They are born into privilege in New York City s Upper East Side, and Laura in particular struggles to separate herself from this life while still relying on aspects of this privilege But the novel covers so muchNew York City in the 1980 s and 1990 s, the AIDS epidemic as it unfolds, and post partum depression Greathead has written a novel about life and managing the hand one is dealt while overlaying the issues of a complicated era I received this book to read and review All opinions are my own Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful debut novel from Kate Greathead Laura and Kate deals with the relationship between a single mother and her headstrong daughter Set in New York City during the 1980 s and 1990 s it is filled with stories of private education, summer houses, family ties, the AIDS epidemic, and trying to find one s place in the world I loved that the story was told through a series of vigne Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful debut novel from Kate Greathead Laura and Kate deals with the relationship between a single mother and her headstrong daughter Set in New York City during the 1980 s and 1990 s it is filled with stories of private education, summer houses, family ties, the AIDS epidemic, and trying to find one s place in the world I loved that the story was told through a series of vignettes, inviting us in and exploring the lives of a whole cast of characters including Laura s hilariously eccentric mother, her brother who suffers from a stutter that rears its ugly head around their demanding father, a loving pediatrician, and friends who come and go from their lives I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewDNF 20%I wanted to like this book SO MUCH I loved Gil Girls and when a book is being touted as comparable to it, I knew I had to have it Unfortunately, I just could not connect with the writing style On top of that, I was really hoping for a character deep dive, but everything seemed to just be skimming the surface The vignette style of storytelling was just not for me and sadly, I must put this one aside.If you are in I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewDNF 20%I wanted to like this book SO MUCH I loved Gil Girls and when a book is being touted as comparable to it, I knew I had to have it Unfortunately, I just could not connect with the writing style On top of that, I was really hoping for a character deep dive, but everything seemed to just be skimming the surface The vignette style of storytelling was just not for me and sadly, I must put this one aside.If you are in the mood for something lighthearted and nothing too deep, you may still want to pick this one up A delightfully fun, character driven debut novel by Kate Greathead about Laura, a quirky young single mother, raising her daughter Emma in NYC But life hadn t required Laura to navigate unknown territory on her own She is a WASP descendant of one of the Robber Barons of old and works as an event planner at the museum that was once the private residence of her great grandfather The way in life has always been smoothed for her, even when it requires a few white lies such as about the paterni A delightfully fun, character driven debut novel by Kate Greathead about Laura, a quirky young single mother, raising her daughter Emma in NYC But life hadn t required Laura to navigate unknown territory on her own She is a WASP descendant of one of the Robber Barons of old and works as an event planner at the museum that was once the private residence of her great grandfather The way in life has always been smoothed for her, even when it requires a few white lies such as about the paternity of her child Her work hours are adjusted to fit her needs and she is given eight weeks paid vacation, even though she wants to take those weeks during the most inconvenient peak wedding season Life for these people is buffered by their social network of who s who and such privilege comes with its own set of rules, the right things to say and do But Laura tends to go her own way Her friends think Laura is oblivious to things like fashion because she wears a simple daily uniform of her own devising white turtleneck, Laura Ashley skirt and Frye cowboy boots But she feels she does this to save the earth from over consumption she took to heart the environmentalists credo Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without She lives off her salary, donating her trust fund dividend checks to charity But don t worry daddy does help with things like tuition to a private school for little Emma But are you really experiencing life if you always have to pause and wonder What am I supposed to feel How am I expected to react If you don t get down and get dirty in the trenches of life If your family doesn t make their own Thanksgiving turkey gasp And speaking of turkey, I enjoyed this story immensely and devoured it down in one day Pffft sorry The chapters are specific years of Laura s life beginning in 1980 and ending in 1995, years when I raised my own children so I could relate to some of the situations she finds herself in Does Laura grow as a person I think so but she makes as many mistakes as the rest of us along the way Many thanks to Simon Schuster for providing me with a copy of this lovely new book I believe Kate Greathead s career as a writer is off to a great start "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 337 pages
  • Laura & Emma
  • Kate Greathead
  • English
  • 22 October 2017
  • 1501156608