Yerba Buena

Nina LaCour

Book - 2022

"The debut adult novel by the bestselling and award-winning YA author Nina LaCour, following two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other. When Sara Foster runs away from home at sixteen, she leaves behind not only the losses that have shattered her world but the girl she once was, capable of trust and intimacy. Years later, in Los Angeles, she is a sought-after bartender, renowned as much for her brilliant cocktails as for the mystery that clings to her. Across the city, Emilie Du...bois is in a holding pattern. In her seventh year and fifth major as an undergraduate, she yearns for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but is unable to commit. On a whim, she takes a job arranging flowers at the glamorous restaurant Yerba Buena and embarks on an affair with the married owner. When Sara catches sight of Emilie one morning at Yerba Buena, their connection is immediate. But the damage both women carry, and the choices they have made, pulls them apart again and again. When Sara's old life catches up to her, upending everything she thought she wanted just as Emilie has finally gained her own sense of purpose, they must decide if their love is more powerful than their pasts. At once exquisite and expansive, astonishing in its humanity and heart, Yerba Buena is a love story for our time and a propulsive journey through the lives of two women finding their way in the world"--

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Subjects
Genres
Lesbian fiction
Romance fiction
Queer fiction
LGBTQ+ fiction
Published
New York : Flatiron Books 2022.
Edition
First U. S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
293 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250810465
1250810469
Main Author
Nina LaCour (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Sara is 14 and in love with the woods and her girlfriend, Annie. When Annie disappears and her body is pulled from the river, Sara can't face living in her small town anymore. To get the money to leave, she partners up with a young drifter, and they sell their bodies to a despicable man. We jump forward in time to Emilie, who works as a flower arranger in Los Angeles. She becomes caught up in a toxic affair with a client, the owner of the restaurant where Sara is now designing cocktails. Once Emilie finds the courage to leave, both women must let go of their pasts to embrace the healing that awaits them when they finally let themselves fall in love. Though its characters are faced with incredible trauma and adversity, Printz Award–winner LaCour's adult debut is lyrical and ultimately hopeful. Yerba buena—the "good herb," which is also the name of the restaurant where Sara and Emilie meet—carries the reader through the pain and symbolizes a better future. Emilie's journey of becoming an interior decorator after leaving her flower-arranging job will also appeal to new adults who may be unsure of their life paths. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Sara Foster flees home at age 16 and eventually ends up as a popular (if slightly mysterious) bartender at the Los Angeles restaurant Yerba Buena. When directionless undergraduate Emilie Dubois takes a job arranging flowers at the restaurant , the connection between her and Sara sizzles. But can love conquer all, including the troublesome past? A first adult novel from Printz Award-winning YA author LaCour; with a 150,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In LaCour's solid adult debut (after the YA novel Watch Over Me), two Los Angles women navigate the uncertainties of their 20s and their complicated pasts. Sara Foster ran away from home at 16 after her girlfriend died under mysterious circumstances that may have involved Sara's family. Now she's a bartender whose signature cocktails are in high demand at the popular restaurant Yerba Buena. Emilie Dubois, who is part Creole, spent her early life as the "steady daughter" and "good girl," but with a sister in and out of rehab, her parents getting divorced, and her grandmother dying, she begins to search for her authentic self rather than continue passing as white and straight. After Emilie takes a job designing flowers at Yerba Buena, she embarks on an affair with the married owner, Jacob Lowell, while Sara occasionally takes home women from the bar. Though the chemistry is palpable between Emilie and Sara, the story turns out to be less about a love affair than what the women each need for themselves. Sometimes the alternating points of view between Sara and Emilie feel interchangeable, but LaCour writes with beauty and clarity about how a relationship is not a substitute for the characters' mutual need to love themselves. This doesn't break new ground, but it gets the job done. (Feb.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Follows two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"The debut adult novel by the bestselling and award-winning YA author Nina LaCour, following two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other. When Sara Foster runs away from home at sixteen, she leaves behind not only the losses that have shatteredher world but the girl she once was, capable of trust and intimacy. Years later, in Los Angeles, she is a sought-after bartender, renowned as much for her brilliant cocktails as for the mystery that clings to her. Across the city, Emilie Dubois is in a holding pattern. In her seventh year and fifth major as an undergraduate, she yearns for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but is unable to commit. On a whim, she takes a job arranging flowers at the glamorous restaurant Yerba Buena and embarks on an affair with the married owner. When Sara catches sight of Emilie one morning at Yerba Buena, their connection is immediate. But the damage both women carry, and the choices they have made, pulls them apart again and again. When Sara'sold life catches up to her, upending everything she thought she wanted just as Emilie has finally gained her own sense of purpose, they must decide if their love is more powerful than their pasts. At once exquisite and expansive, astonishing in its humanity and heart, Yerba Buena is a love story for our time and a propulsive journey through the lives of two women finding their way in the world"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

FROM BESTSELLING AND PRINTZ-AWARD WINNING AUTHOR NINA LACOUR, PERFECT FOR READERS OF WRITERS AND LOVERS“A study of complex, modern love…Expertly illuminates the trauma that Sara and Emilie are both wrestling with, as well as their hope and healing…Lingers like a perfectly mixed cocktail.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A Carol for our times.” —Harper’s BazaarSara Foster runs away from home at sixteen, leaving behind the girl she once was, capable of trust and intimacy. Years later, in Los Angeles, she is a sought-after bartender, renowned as much for her brilliant cocktails as for the mystery that clings to her. Across the city, Emilie Dubois is in a holding pattern, yearning for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but unable to commit. On a whim, she takes a job arranging flowers at the glamorous restaurant Yerba Buena.The morning Emilie and Sara first meet at Yerba Buena, their connection is immediate. But soon Sara's old life catches up to her, upending everything she thought she wanted, just as Emilie has finally gained her own sense of purpose. Will their love be more powerful than their pasts?At once exquisite and expansive, astonishing in its humanity and heart, Yerba Buena is a testament to the healing qualities of a shared meal, a perfectly crafted drink, a space we claim for ourselves. Nina LaCour’s adult debut novel is a love story for our time."Trailblazing…One of my personal favorite authors." —Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop