The One & Only

  • by Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by Sofia Willingham
  • 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times best-selling author Emily Giffin 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.


What the Critics Say

"Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt." (Entertainment Weekly)
"A dependably down-to-earth, girl-friendly storyteller." (The New York Times)
"When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, best-selling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Disappointing. I wish I didn't waste a credit

What would have made The One & Only better?

A better story with 3 dimensional characters. I hated the main character. She was whiny and somehow highly desirable to men. All the football stuff was dullsville too.

What was most disappointing about Emily Giffin’s story?

The story was like a ripoff of Friday Night Lights. The characters were not believable and the 'love story" was just gross. From the beginning you have an uncomfortable feeling of where this is going and it never feels right.

What three words best describe Sofia Willingham’s voice?

pretty southern drawl

What character would you cut from The One & Only?

Shea, the main character. I really disliked her.

Any additional comments?

I loved "Something Borrowed", its sequel, and "Baby Proof". This book was just bad from start to finish. I made myself finish hoping it would get better. But it didn't. I think I am done with Emily Giffin books.

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- J Fraser "JF"

Not sure I can finish

As much as I love Emily Giffin books, this one just felt wrong. I am 3/4 the way through the book and am realizing that it never gets any better for me, so probably won't finish. I was not a fan of the narrator and I found I really couldn't like the main character very much! Without giving the plot away, this book just felt wrong and creepy to me. Wish she would write another book closer to feel of her previous books
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- Bobbie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio