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The Divorce Party

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,774 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Two women at the opposite ends of marriage are trying to answer the same question: When should you fight to save a relationship and when should you begin to let go?

On their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, Gwyn Huntington and her husband, Thomas, invite friends and family over for a most unusual celebration. Their home, Huntington Hall, has been in the family for generati
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Viking
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Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I zipped through this book and here's why: The story caught my attention because the plot did not sound like any story I had ever read. It is set in the outer reaches of Long Island where a family reunites for a party to mark the end of the parent's marriage (THE "divorce party") and the chance to meet the son's new fiance. The story is told alternately from the perspectives of two female characters (aren't the women always the story-keepers in families?): the mother, Gwyn, and the new fiance, M ...more
Sherri Thacker
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was just ok. Didn't love it and didn't hate it. Would I recommend it? No.
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Meh. A couple throws a big party to announce and set the off on their newly divorced lives. Enjoyable enough, I guess, but it's fluff. Read it when you don't want to think because you won't have to
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What kind of a couple throws a huge party on their thirty-fifth anniversary to celebrate, not the event itself, but the fact that the marriage is ending? This particular divorce party is marking the end of a coupling that others thought would survive anything—the Huntingtons come from a family of survivors on this island of Montauk. And Gwyn and Thomas seemed to be the perfect couple.

As the guests assemble for this lavish get-together, another couple, just beginning their journey together, is a
Sarah Sammis
The Divorce Party has a strong sense of place. It starts with the 1938 hurricane that destroyed most of Montauk Island (off the coast of Long Island). It's the ferocity of the storm that cements their choice to marry. Together they vow that the house will see everything.

Sixty-nine years later the love has gone from the home. Instead of a thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, Gwynn Huntington is planning a divorce party. She and her husband have grown apart as he finds a new religion. Gwynn though kn
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Divorce Party is one of the most oddly moving books I've read in a long time. Since I finished reading it, I have been trying to sort out what, exactly, makes it work so well. Certainly, it captures the emotions of complex people in complex relationships in incredibly lovely prose. It is funny, and surprisingly heartwarming, and hard to put down. And yet it goes beyond that somehow, in a way that so few books do. There is some little bit of magic that it delivers. It leaves you hopeful for y ...more
Carla Faleiro
Até poderia ter dado 2 estrelas, mas algo na estória me levou a "puxar" um pouco mais. No fim tudo se resume à dor da separação, à luta por um amor e ao cansaço de se lutar sozinha muitas batalhas.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Susan
If London Is the Best City in America is a good book, this is a GREAT book. I loved the characters and the setting. It was very cinematic, and I think it will translate into a movie quite well.
Jeanette Stingley
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Divorce Part by Laura Dave is one of the best books I have read in awhile. You know a book is good when it only takes me 3 days to read it!

The whole book takes place in one day. Maggie is about to meet her future in-laws at their Divorce Party. Yes, Divorce Party. The couple, Gwyn and Thomas, is throwing in the towel after nearly 35 years of marriage. Thomas has found religion (or at least that is his version of him growing apart from his wife) and doesn’t see Gwyn as part of his journey int
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading a Laura Dave book, I almost feel like I am reading an Emily Giffin book. Dave’s stories – or at least the two I have read: “The Divorce Party” and “The First Husband” – like Giffin’s are centered on females with complicated love lives. What separates Giffin and Dave from other authors in the romantic comedy/chick lit genre, though, is that their stories have substance. While their books may be quick-paced and perfect for the beach, they aren’t full of fluff. They can actually be qui ...more
May 14, 2009 rated it liked it
First of all, I read most of this book while laying on my new awesome hammock so that may have added to the enjoyability!

I think the book would be just a light, quick read. And it was pretty quick! But, it was pretty thought-provoking, actually. Made me think about marriage, and what it means- And more importantly, the whole idea of truly being intimate and honest. I'm a songwriter, and it's a topic I find comes up over and over in my writing. That need and want to lay all the cards out for som
Um livro que começou a ser interessante, mas que, sensivelmente a partir da sua metade, foi perdendo o fulgor.

A estória aborda perspectivas interessantes sobre relacionamentos ... Aqueles que se iniciam, os já com algum tempo e os relacionamentos de longo prazo. Pressupunha que fosse ser uma leitura rápida, devido ao número de páginas e à leveza do conteúdo em si, mas para o final foi perdendo o fulgor e tornou-se uma leitura arrastada. A dada altura, pensava que estava a ler uma soap opera e nã
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: females - young and old
Recommended to Anna by: me -- I loved her other novel
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
I enjoyed reading this book even though I have mixed emotions about what happened. I'm pretty sure that was the point, though -- this is one of those stories that is intended to show you that life is not that simple and love and loving someone over time is complicated.

I like that Laura Dave balanced the characters well -- no one was too strong or too weak -- and they were all likable despite their many weaknesses. There were a few plot issues that I wasn't wild about (for example, that Ryan is
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
The story is this:

Maggie is engaged to Nate and they are working to open a restaurant together. On the day that they are traveling to Montauk to meet his parents for the first time, she is barraged by all sorts of information about Nate that she never new or imagined. It's one reveal after another, leading to a very quick and compelling read. And, the occasion for meeting Nate's parents (Gwyn and Thomas) is their Divorce Party. Nate's parents have also been holding secrets from one another.

Lynn Burch
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sweet and moving... thought provoking. Reminders of the realities of life and love... of acceptance and letting go.

"....She recognizes him in the way we get to recognize the people we are supposed to meet, the ones we have been waiting our whole lives to meet. Does that mean that Gwyn turns out okay, just because she's found someone else, someone who wants to see her? No, not as far as she is concerned. As far as she is concerned, it means she turns out okay because she believes - in that hotel
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
ok. first off the title is what caught my eye...(it scared my mom a little when she saw it peaking out of my bag, LOL)
but so far so good....more to come....

The book was great..I loved the way the author used the chapters. She had each chapter from a character's point of view, very cool.
This a great love/betrayal/revenge story!
Very awesome......
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
another good one, i heard
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was really, really good. I loved Gwyn and thought this book was well written and just all over perfectly done. I can't wait to read more from this author!
A very moving and emotional look at 2 relationships. One as it begins and another as it ends. Highly recommended! 4 stars.
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely gorgeous. Give yourself a treat and read this book.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When I first read the marketing information about this book, I was intrigued. Divorce parties? Really? Isn't that all a bit...odd?[return][return]It turns out that there are perfectly acceptable reasons for throwing a divorce party. While I may still be uncomfortable with the idea, I do see their merit, especially when the parting is amicable. However, in spite of its title, this book is not about divorce parties but about marriage and love and, just like the synopsis reads, what it takes to ma ...more
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers
I was waiting and waiting and waiting for this book, having found myself devouring London so quickly that it surprised me. Very few writers have had that effect on me in a first read. Maybe Judy Blume back in the day.

I enjoyed the story, the surprises (something else I rarely experience as if truly experiencing), and the interweaving of lives. I read in swiftly in one day and it led me to run to pick it up into a much needed long awaited respite and journey into these characters worlds, that st
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Gwyn is a party planner who has been a leader in all different kinds of celebrations for other. Including Divorce Parties. After being married for thirty-five years, her marriage is over. Now, she is throwing her own divorce party which she knows will be different from all the rest.

Meanwhile, Maggie is looking forward to starting her life with the man of her dreams. This may sound wonderful right now, but she still has to meet the in-laws.

Weddings and divorce may seem like complete opposites but
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book. The story concerns two relationships, told from the perspective of the women. Gwyn, who always felt she had to "give more" to her marriage to Thomas, is planning a divorce party after discovering his lie about why he has checked out of their 35 year marriage. Meanwhile, Maggie is struggling to stay committed to her fiance, Gwyn and Thomas' son Nate, after learning on the day she is to meet his parents (at said divorce party) that he has kept important details of his life ...more
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read, and was easy to get through. The entire book (minus the prologue and epilogue)takes place in one day, yet you get so inside these two women's lives, it feels like you know everything about them. The back and forth between Maggie & Gwyn keeps you going. I thought both of these women were great characters and they had a pretty fabulous supporting cast. Even with all their faults, I found myself really liking these characters. Nate & Thom ...more
Karma Hope
May 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! I have been less than enthused about work related books lately but this one was a pleasant surprise. The writing was beautiful, the subject matter relevant and touching, and left the reader feeling hopeful! I really enjoyed reading this sweet little treasure about love, loyalty, and the choices we make to be happy, or not.
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Told alternately by two women: one who is older and ending her long marriage and another who is younger and getting ready to enter marriage. There was depth to this book and the characters really struggled with their personal issues. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by this author.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, about an engaged couple that goes to his parent's divorce party out on the Hamptons - they're at the start of their marriage and the parents are at the end of theirs. Interesting character development and I liked the way she wrote.
Jodi Heiner
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jodi by: Aleisha
This was a fun quick read. There is just something about these type of books that I enjoy. Maybe it is because I don't have to use alot of brain power to stay up on the story line. A good fun, fast summer or vacation read!
May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Laura Dave and this book, while different than London Is THe Best City in America, was not a disappointment. It alternates between a young woman and her soon-to-be mother-in-law and both voices and wonderful.
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Laura Dave is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The First Husband, The Divorce Party and London Is The Best City In America. Her novels have been published in fifteen countries, and three of her novels, including Eight Hundred Grapes, have been optioned as major motion pictures. She resides in Santa Monica, California.

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