The One and Only

The One and Only

Audiobook CD - 2014
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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

“A page turner.”—Southern Living

The One & Only is one to read.”—Associated Press

“Giffin scores again by bringing her discerning understanding of matters of the heart.”—Family Circle

“A poignant story about growing up and growing into your own skin.”—BookPage

“Touching.”—New York Daily News

“Deep, beautifully written . . . [Emily Giffin’s] latest focuses on a forbidden love of sorts, but in a new setting: a fictional small college town in Texas.”—Marie Claire

“Each and every page of this story is entertaining. . . . Giffin is a talented writer who always comes up with a plot that is just a bit different than anything others are writing about. . . . Find a shady spot; get a cool drink, and just luxuriate in the joy of a book well written.”The Huffington Post

“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 . . . [A] page-turner.”InStyle

“[Giffin’s] protagonists . . . live full, interesting lives outside the purely personal realm—no more so than Shea Rigsby, the funny, flawed, but sympathetic central character in theThe One & Only.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“In bestseller Giffin’s much-anticipated latest, a young woman’s life is upended when tragedy strikes the football-obsessed Texas town she’s always called home.”People

“To fill your Friday Night Lights void: A tale of die-hard love in a diehard Texas football town from the bestselling author ofSomething Borrowed.”—Cosmopolitan

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family's mother. By the best-selling author of Where We Belong. Simultaneous.

& Taylor

Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family's mother.

Publisher: [United States] : Random House, Inc., 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804127561
Branch Call Number: UCD FICTION GIFFIN
Characteristics: 12 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 25, 2018

I had read reviews on this before reading it, so I knew about the awkward and uncomfortable storyline before getting into it. Giffin actually does a good job exploring the awkward and taboo nature of the main relationship, which is one of the things she's known for. The narrator also does a good job with all the characters' voices and accents, and doesn't make them annoyingly obvious in any way. Football is a huge part of the book but still way too many references, and I glazed over most of these. Mainly though, I did not enjoy the ending; it was too abrupt and there was much more that could have been explored.

Aug 18, 2015

Weird and incestual. Emily Giffin missed the mark on this one...

Feb 24, 2015

Icky. I only made it through part of this before I had to call it quits. Wish I had read reviews before hand. Bad story, annoying protagonist and just plain creepy.

Oct 11, 2014

Very disappointed...can't believe this book is from a same author...
I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters and DON'T even like them at all!!!

smaster Jun 30, 2014

I love the other books by EG and was disappointed with this one.

Jun 22, 2014

ok read-didn't like how the story ended

Jun 15, 2014

ah, gag. A sickeningly sweet love story. Hope you like football, because Griffin beats the reader over the head with the football metaphors.


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Jun 15, 2014

Hometown girl loves football, finds her place in the family of local college ball coach. Coach's perfect wife dies, hometown girl is lost. Dates the perfect man, who turns out to be not so perfect after all. Guess who she has loved all her life, and who now loves her back? Football is like life, and life is like football.


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