Emma's Table

SYNOPSIS

From the moment Emma Sutton walks into the esteemed Fitzcoopers auction house, the one-time media darling knows exactly what she wants: an exquisite antique dining table. What she doesn’t realize is what she’s finally getting: the chance to set things right.

Fresh from a year-long stretch in prison and the media blood-letting that accompanied her fall, Emma needs a clean start. She finds her life just as she left it, filled with glittering business successes and bruising personal defeats – the rolling television cameras and chauffeured limousines, the awkward Sunday dinners at home. Deep down, she knows she needs to find a better way, but she can’t imagine what it might be.

Enter Benjamin, a terminally charming social worker, who moonlights for Emma on the weekends, and Gracie, an overweight third-grader who’s one of his wards. The unlikely trio is surrounded by an eclectic supporting cast – a tiny Japanese diplomat, a bossy yoga teacher, Emma’s prodigal ex-husband and daughter – who are all drawn together by the dynamic woman at the novel’s center. Through the subtle power of his telling prose, Philip Galanes transforms this Park Avenue morality tale into a thoroughly winning, surprisingly moving tour de force.
PRAISE

"'Emma's Table' serves up a...filling feast...This character cooks with both spice and comedy…[A] touchingly bittersweet comedy of modern urban existence......anyone who can build nail-biting suspense out of a sunday dinner gone horribly wrong is deserving of praise..." (Link to article)

USA TODAY
JULY 31, 2008
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NEWSDAY
AUGUST 31, 2008
" Mr. Galanes, in this unlikely act of empathetic imagining, has created a heroine not only capable of but also deserving of kindness."
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THE NEW YORK SUN
JULY 28, 2008
"This summer's delicious read!"
VOGUE
AUGUST, 2008

HOT TYPE: "Philip Galanes sets EMMA'S TABLE ."
VANITY FAIR
AUGUST, 2008

ESSAY "This One's For Martha"
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HUFFINGTON POST
AUGUST 4, 2008

INTERVIEW "Author Philip Galanes Finds Writing a Form of Therapy"
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JULY 24, 2008

BOOK RELEASE FEATURE IN ELLE DECOR
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WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY
JULY 30, 2008

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OK! MAGAZINE
AUGUST 11, 2008

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THE EAST HAMPTON STAR
October 30, 2008

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DAN'S PAPERS
AUGUST 1, 2008

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HAMPTONS COTTAGES AND GARDENS

AUGUST 1, 2008

Philp has appeared on several television and radio shows to discuss Emma's Table, including Joan Hamburg radio show, Steven Gaines radio show, and Plum TV.

"EMMA'S TABLE is a marvel: a whip-smart juggling act, as light as meringue, with a perfectly tender heart. It's a sharply-written story of the forgiveness we need to give and receive to let love into our lives, and its touching spell lasts long after the final page."
Ayelet Waldman, author of LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS

"EMMA'S TABLE is a charming urban fairy tale about characters who actually learn from their mistakes. Philip Galanes has written a sweet, sly comedy of manners with an oddly familiar and slightly notorious figure at its center."
Tom Perrotta, best-selling author of LITTLE CHILDREN and THE ABSTINENCE TEACHER

"Sophisticated, witty, and fun, EMMA'S TABLE had me hooked from the first page, and smiling through the very last. Philip Galanes serves up a pitch-perfect comedy of manners with a deft and elegant touch."
Holly Peterson, best-selling author of THE MANNY