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Emily Giffin's newest bestseller 'The One & Only' explores a football-loving Texas town

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Author Emily Giffin has scored another bestseller with this summer’s book “The One & Only,” the newest contemporary novel by the author about women and their relationships, both romantic, familial, and among friends.

“One” is Giffin’s seventh novel and it’s currently holding the eighth spot on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction for the week of July 6, while it’s occupying the eleventh spot on the IndieBound hardcover fiction list for the week of June 26, a list it’s stayed on since its debut on May 20. 

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Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio said “One” is “one to read” and that “Emily Giffin's specialty is writing about relationships, especially when they are messy and complicated,” calling her characters “relatable,” while in the review for Giffin’s 2012 novel “Where We Belong,” the Chicago Sun-Times praised Giffin’s “humor, honesty, and originality” and said that “[Jane] Austen would find it hard to put down.” 

The author recently spoke with the New York Daily News about her newest book “One,” which centers on a woman living in a football-obsessed Texas town who suddenly begins to doubt her life and the choices she made after a tragedy occurs in her area.

“I really wanted to explore the idea of unconventional love,” she said of the inspiration for her new book. “I feel so often we have this feeling that our life and our relationships should look and be a certain way. But what if we want something that isn't perfect on paper? What if we fell in love with the one person we shouldn’t?" 

Giffin’s book “Something Borrowed” was adapted as a film, which was released in 2011 and starred Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson. Giffin said she is currently working on a script for a movie adaptation of her book “Something Blue.”