Emily Giffin (born March 20, 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland) is the bestselling American author of several novels commonly categorized as "chick lit". More specifically, Giffin writes stories about relationships and the full array of emotions experienced within them.
Emily Giffin was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 20, 1972. She attended high school in Naperville, Illinois, where she was a member of a creative writing club and served as editor-in-chief for the school's newspaper. Giffin earned her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, where she also served as manager of the basketball team, the Demon Deacons. She then attended law school at the University of Virginia. After graduating in 1997, she moved to Manhattan and worked in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. But Giffin soon determined to seriously pursue her writing.
In 2001, she moved to London and began writing full time. Her first young adult novel, Lily Holding True, was rejected by eight publishers. Giffin began a new novel, then titled Rolling the Dice, which became the bestselling novel Something Borrowed.
2002 was a big year for Emily Giffin. She married, found an agent, and signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press. While doing revisions on Something Borrowed, she found the inspiration for a sequel, Something Blue. In 2003, Giffin and her husband left England for Atlanta, Georgia. A few months later, on New Year's Eve, she gave birth to identical twin boys, Edward and George. Something Borrowed was released spring 2004. It received positive reviews and made the extended New York Times bestsellers list. Something Blue followed in 2005, and in 2006, her third, Baby Proof, made its debut.
Giffin spent 2007 finishing her fourth novel. Her daughter, Harriet, was born May 24, 2007.
The next three novels were international bestsellers, and appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, among many others. The three appeared simultaneously on USA Today 's Top 150 list. Something Borrowed and Something Blue have been optioned for film.
Something Borrowed (2004)
Something Borrowed is the story of Rachel White and Darcy Rhone, best friends since childhood. Rachel is used to being the good girl, the hard-worker who exists in the shadow of flashy...often selfish...Darcy. Until her thirtieth birthday that is, when a drink too many results in Rachel sleeping with Darcy's fiance, Dexter. The fling turns into an affair, and Rachel is forced to decide which is more important, friendship or true love.
Something Blue (2006)
Something Blue is the sequel to Something Borrowed, telling the story of Darcy Rhone, who thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel White, the plain-Jane "good girl," steals her fiance, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life...with a baby on the way. Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. It is only then that Darcy can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood.
Baby Proof (2007)
Baby Proof focuses on Claudia Parr and her perfect husband and soul mate Ben, who have agreed from the beginning of their marriage that children are not for them. When Ben changes his mind, Claudia is forced to reevaluate her reasons for not wanting children. At the same time, she wonders, is there ever a deal-breaker for true love?
Love the One You're With (2009)
This is the story for anyone who has ever wondered: How can I truly love the one I’m with when I can’t forget the one who got away?
Ellen and Andy’s first year of marriage doesn’t just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live. Love the One You’re With is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life.
Heart of the Matter (2010)
Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.
Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie...a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance...and even to some degree, friendships...believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.