Author(s): Emma Straub
The New York Times bestseller 'A gorgeous and witty storyteller' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls
Coming of age isn't just for kids. Astrid Strick has always tried to do her best for her three children. Now, they're finally grown up - but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Elliot doesn't have any idea who he really is, or how to communicate with his own sons. Porter is, at last, pregnant - but feels incapable of rising to the challenge. Nicky has fled to distant New Mexico, where he's living the bohemian dream. And Astrid herself is up to things that would make her children's hair curl.
Until now, the family have managed to hide their true selves from each other. But when Nicky's incorrigibly curious daughter Cecelia comes to stay, her arrival threatens to upturn everything...
Witty, astute, and irresistibly readable, All Adults Here is a novel about how to survive inside a modern family from New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub.
Praise for Emma Straub:
'Funny, poignant and beautifully observed' Jojo Moyes 'Witty and big-hearted ... leaves you smiling for days' Maria Semple
'Intimate, epic, beautifully observed' Jennifer Egan
'Smart, compelling ... irresistible' Liane Moriarty
'Has all the pleasures of Anne Tyler's compelling family portraits . . . with a Lorrie Moore-like sense of the absurdities of contemporary life' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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"This novel is the literary equivalent of an afternoon spent in the fresh are and sunshine; warm, breezy, and deeply restorative. All Adults Here tells the story of the Strick family and their small hometown in New York’s Hudson Valley. The narration moves seamlessly between the multigenerational cast of characters, from family matriarch Astrid to her three grown-up children and her 13-year-old granddaughter Cecelia, who all have personal secrets and are grappling with how to share them. It’s a coming-of-age story which demonstrates that no matter which stage of life we’re in, we’re all just trying to figure out who we are and what we want.
Straub doesn’t shy away from confronting sobering topics, but her generosity and wit encourages copious amounts of optimism. This is one of those rare novels I can recommend to readers of all ages—and I will, heartily."
— Reviewed by our bookseller Kate