Ann Walters leads a discussion of All Adults Here by Emma Straub, a novel (now in paperback) that The New Republic calls, "A beach read with teeth." This virtual event is free, but registration is required, and space may be limited. Email email@example.com to reserve your spot!
About the Book: When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?
Astrid's youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid's thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.
In All Adults Here, Emma Straub's unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.
"A quaint Hudson Valley town, an endearing matriarch, a goat cheese farm --Straub's modern saga of a complicated family web is a literary security blanket." -- Entertainment Weekly
"All Adults Here is a master class on the small-scale American drama. . . this warm, optimistic novel argues that one should keep trying, regardless. All Adults Here affirms the value of community and family, no matter the strife that may rise up within them." -- Vogue
"This new novel from New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lover is at its core about family in all its loving, messy glory... It's a page-turner that will make you think about what binds families together and drives them apart." --Good Morning America
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"In a time when all we want is hope, it’s a beautiful book to reach for." -Jenna Bush Hager
“Literary sunshine.”—New York Times
“The queen of the summer novel.”—Entertainment Weekly