Mom's Cocktail Hour, with Emma Straub and Guests!

We are delighted to welcome novelist (and indie bookstore owner) Emma Straub to our Crowdcast "stage" as we celebrate the paperback release of her new novel All Adults Here.

Entertainment Weekly says, "Straub's modern saga of a complicated family web is a literary security blanket." 

Emma has invited J. Courtney Sullivan and Jessica Grose to join her in talking about the writing life, motherhood, cocktail recipes, and more. Leading up to the event, we'll be sending you cocktail recipes so you can have something great to sip on during the conversation, and all attendees will be eligible for excellent door prizes. Give yourself a (virtual) break!  This event is free, and aimed at moms with kids ages 0 - 60.  No worries about having to drive home--you'll already be there. 

About All Adults Here: "Brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humor and love and yet (magically) also a page turner that held me captive until it was finished. This is Emma Straub's absolute best and the world will love it. I love it." --Ann Patchett

From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers. comes a warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family--as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes.

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.

About the AuthorEmma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of three other novels The VacationersModern LoversLaura Lamont's Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.

About Our Guest Stars: J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels CommencementMaineThe Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Her work has been translated into 17 languages. Sullivan's writing has appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington PostThe Chicago TribuneNew York magazine, ElleGlamourAllureReal Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children.

Writer and editor Jessica Grose is the parenting columnist at The New York Times. She is working on a new book of nonfiction called All Powerful and Totally Useless: The Creation of the Ideal American Mother. Jess was the founding editor of Lenny, the email newsletter and website.  She was named  a Glamour “Game Changer” in 2020 for her coverage of the pandemic. She's written two novels, Soulmates, and Sad Desk Salad.


Event date: 

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Online Crowdcast event!
All Adults Here: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - April 13th, 2021


"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