London Is the Best City in America | Laura Dave | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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March 28, 2007
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London Is the Best City in America | Laura Dave | Talks at Google

TL;DR

Emmy returns home for her brother's wedding and uncovers a secret that could change everything, exploring themes of decision-making and relationships.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What inspired Laura to write "London is the Best City in America"?

Laura started working on the book during grad school, inspired by watching someone make a big decision and exploring the idea of choices and their consequences.

Q: How did Laura come up with the title for the book?

The title comes from the protagonist's childhood desire to visit London, which becomes a metaphor for making the choices presented to her rather than creating her own options.

Q: Is the story autobiographical?

While there are elements of Laura's own experiences and struggles with decision-making, the plot and characters are mostly fictionalized.

Q: How did Laura handle the publishing and film rights process?

After selling the publishing rights, Laura's literary agent partnered with a film agent who secured interest from various studios. Reese Witherspoon eventually signed on to produce and star in the film adaptation.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Emmy returns home after leaving her fiance, and attends her brother's wedding, where she begins to question her choices and the meaning of happiness.

  • While watching fireworks, Emmy's brother confesses to her that he may be making a mistake by getting married, leading Emmy to question her own decisions.

  • The book explores the complexities of decision-making and the impact it has on relationships and one's sense of self.

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