First Comes Love

Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary presented by Emory University

Saturday, 3:00-3:45

In her hotly-anticipated new novel, First Comes Love, Emily Giffin introduces readers to a pair of thirty-something sisters who find themselves at a crossroads, their fractious relationship colored by a family tragedy fifteen years ago.

Meredith seems to have a perfect life. She thought she'd done everything right, marrying a great guy, raising a beautiful daughter, and working as an attorney at a prestigious Atlanta law firm. But as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help wondering if she got the “love” part wrong. 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 assigned to her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, painful secrets from the past begin to surface, and Josie and Meredith must not only confront the long dormant issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own life choices.

Presenters

Emily Giffin

http://www.emilygiffin.com

Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she quit her job to write full time. Giffin is the author of 7 New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong and The One & Only. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.

Introducer

Georgia Lee

Georgia Lee is an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor. She served as Director of Ivy Hall, the SCAD Atlanta Writing Center, from 2009 through April 2014.

She launched The Ivy Hall Writers Series, bringing esteemed and beloved authors to Atlanta, including Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, the late Elmore Leonard, Augusten Burroughs, and Bret Easton Ellis. She established SCAD’s Writer-in-Residency program, and launched community events on topics including social media.

Currently, she serves as vice president of programming for the Atlanta Writers Club, and co-coordinator of the bi-annual Atlanta Writers Conference. She is at work on an essay collection and a novel. She was nominated this year for Word Press’ “most versatile blogger” for her blog, georgialeesays.com.