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'First Comes Love' Explores Complicated Sister Relationship

Apr 4, 2017

Emily Giffin is an immensely popular author with seven novels that made the The New York Times best-sellers list.

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Her latest, out in paperback today, is “First Comes Love.” The story is set in Atlanta and follows the Garland sisters, Josie and Meredith. In the book, they confront their differences and own life expectations as the 15th anniversary of their brother’s death approaches.

“Grief is a tricky thing. We all have our different time tables,” Giffin said in an interview with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. “I wanted there to be enough time to have gone by for there to be perspective and for them to think to themselves, we should really be further along in our handling of grief.”

Giffin’s work has often been described as “chick lit,” which she said is merely a marketing term.

“I write about real characters, real people, who are at a point in their lives and they are dealing with their emotions and relationships,” she explained. “I think Woody Allen would be chick lit. He does relationships well, and I strive to do it.”

Giffin will talk more about her work and “First Comes Love” at the Atlanta History Center tonight with a reception at 6:30, and the program begins at 7:30.