The One & Only: A Novel

by Emily Giffin
Read by Sofia Willingham

Random House Audio Publishing Group | May 20, 2014 | Audio Book (CD)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Emily Giffin, the beloved author of such novels as Something Borrowed and Where We Belong, returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

 
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
 
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
 
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

Praise for The One & Only
 
“[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—[none] more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in . . . The One & Only.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“[The One & Only] is a book you can glide through this summer. Find a shady spot, get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.”The Huffington Post
 
“Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner.”Southern Living
 
“Brace yourself for a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear.”InStyle
 
The One & Only is one to read.”—Associated Press
 
Something Borrowed’s author weaves a complex romance.”Us Weekly
 
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
 
“Giffin’s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“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
 
“When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride.”—San Francisco Chronicle


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Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.9 × 5.1 × 1.2 in

Published: May 20, 2014

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0804127565

ISBN - 13: 9780804127561

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The One & Only: A Novel

by Emily Giffin
Read by Sofia Willingham

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.9 × 5.1 × 1.2 in

Published: May 20, 2014

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0804127565

ISBN - 13: 9780804127561

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9780345546883|excerpt Giffin / THE ONE AND ONLY One I should have been thinking about God. Or the meaning of life. Or simply grieving the fact that my best friend was now motherless and my own mother without her best friend. Instead, I found myself gazing into the sleek mahogany coffin lined with generous folds of ivory silk, silently critiquing Mrs. Carr’s lipstick, a magenta with blue undertones that subtly clashed with her coral dress, the same one she had worn to Lucy’s wedding nearly five years ago. More problematic than the shade of lipstick, though, was the application. Someone, clearly low on the beauty-­industry totem pole, had colored just outside the lines as if to create fuller lips. It was an optical illusion that never fooled anyone and seemed wholly unnecessary given the circumstances. After all, there would be no photos taken today. No professional albums filled with various combinations of family and friends, posing with Mrs. Carr, horizontal but front and center. In fact, the entire custom of fancying up a corpse for an open-­casket funeral seemed suddenly ridiculous. Cremation was definitely the way to go. It was the way I wanted to go, rather than risk the possibility of going out on a bad-­hair day. Without a husband or sibling, I made a mental note to convey my final wishes to Lucy after some time had passed. She was really the only person it made sense to tell. Besides, Lucy got shit done. She was like a decisive committee with n
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Emily Giffin, the beloved author of such novels as Something Borrowed and Where We Belong, returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

 
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
 
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
 
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

Praise for The One & Only
 
“[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—[none] more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in . . . The One & Only.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“[The One & Only] is a book you can glide through this summer. Find a shady spot, get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.”—The Huffington Post
 
“Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner.”—Southern Living
 
“Brace yourself for a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear.”—InStyle
 
“The One & Only is one to read.”—Associated Press
 
“Something Borrowed’s author weaves a complex romance.”—Us Weekly
 
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
 
“Giffin’s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“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
 
“When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, bestselling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride.”—San Francisco Chronicle


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Emily Giffin is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she now lives in Atlanta lives with her husband and three young children.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The One & Only   “[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—[none] more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in . . . The One & Only .” — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   “[ The One & Only ] is a book you can glide through this summer. Find a shady spot, get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.” — The Huffington Post   “Giffin knows a thing or two about writing a page turner.” — Southern Living   “Brace yourself for a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear.” — InStyle   “ The One & Only is one to read.” —Associated Press   “ Something Borrowed ’s author weaves a complex romance.” — Us Weekly   “You will be hypnotically engrossed in [this] fictional world within seconds. . . . Giffin has once again mastered the art of story telling through the narrative of the confident, strong Shea Rigsby.” — Woodbury Magazine   “It is Giffin’s trademark honesty that makes the reader relate to and root for Shea and the rest of her female characters. . . . The One & Only is a poignant story about growing up and into
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