“Of course it’s about love—it’s always about love!” says Emily Giffin of her latest novel, First Comes Love, which hits bookshelves June 28. The bestselling author is certainly no stranger to penning affairs of the heart, and with her new effort she’s zooming in on a pair of sisters at a crossroads. Here, the Naperville native talks sisterhood, staying in the present, and social media.
Sister stories: From the Quimby girls in Beezus and Ramona, to the March sisters in Little Women, to Elinor and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, I am drawn to novels that explore this unique, complex, and sometimes turbulent relationship.
The books I wish I’d written: It’s tempting to pick [anything by] J.K. Rowling for her bank account, but I don’t love fantasy. And I wish I’d written some of my favorite classics, like Pride and Prejudice or To Kill a Mockingbird… but I’d rather still be alive and writing! Maybe The Lovely Bones or Bel Canto.
When I’m back in Chicago, the first place I want to go is: The Peninsula—to check in! It’s probably my favorite hotel in the country.
Guilty pleasures: Celebrity gossip, the British royals, good whiskey (Widow Jane is my fave), and Instagram—find me @emilygiffinauthor!