- File Size: 1596 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books (May 4, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2020
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07YRVH8NN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Emma Straub is a perfect novelist for summer reading.” —The Wall Street Journal
“You’ll never want to say goodbye to the Strick family of All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s charming fourth novel.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“To describe Emma Straub’s novel All Adults Here without using the word ‘charming’ is like trying to describe an accordion without using your hands. But winsome and big-hearted do fine to characterize Ms. Straub’s loosely knit, multigenerational fourth novel …Tight, flinty Astrid…seems like close kin to Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.” —The Wall Street Journal
"A master analyst of romantic relationships, Straub trains her eye on family dynamics and small-town life in this witty and wise tale.” —People Magazine
“Delivers a Dose of Normal Life, Right When We Need It. . . Straub cements her status as a master of the domestic ensemble drama.”—TIME
“Emma Straub's warm-hearted fourth novel confirms her reign as a patron saint of delayed adolescence.”—NPR
“‘Literary sunshine’ is a good way to think of Straub’s work. Her writing and tone are consistently bright and straightforward; her approach to character is warm and generous . . . The main pleasures of All Adults Here ome from Straub’s wry comic instincts (a pair of hyperaggressive twin toddlers are hilariously appalling) and her gimlet eye for cultural observation . . . Her wit extends out from the individual characters into a larger commentary on the difficulties of becoming an adult, making this an especially rich addition to the author’s body of work.” —The New York Times
"A beach read with teeth.” —The New Republic
“Undeniably pleasing . . . a kind of thinking-person's beach read that's maybe all the better for arriving in these strange, landlocked times."—Entertainment Weekly
“It’s a credit to Straub’s gifts of wit and observation that she’s made such a loving book so alive. Reading All Adults Here, you feel like maybe your life isn’t so small, that its minor joys and pitfalls are worthy of literature. If only Straub could be the one to document it.”—USA Today
“Deliciously funny and infectiously warm … It's an ideal read for anyone trapped at home with their family while self-isolating. Read it while hiding in your bedroom from the people who are driving you crazy, but who you'd go crazy without.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
“There's no drama like family drama as Emma Straub (Modern Lovers, Other People We Married) proves in this touching, humorous, and eye-opening new novel.” —Town and Country
“Triumphant.” —The Daily Beast
“An immensely charming and warmhearted book. It’s a vacation for the soul.”—Vox
“A warm, smart novel that feels both very 'now,' but also timeless in its survey of a family trying to become one again.”—Salon
"Fresh and funny. . . ripe with the kind of juicy gossip perfect for swapping with a favorite sibling via late-night, hushed phone calls. . . .”—The Washington Post
“There’s refuge to be found in stories of everyday people going about their lives. . . . Emma Straub has become adept at finding amusement in the mundane, and her newest, All Adults Here, might just be her best yet.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“The queen of the summer novel.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Straub’s best book yet . . .excellent book-group fodder.”—The Washington Post
“Emma Straub’s writing is witty, informal and deceptively simple, drawing readers in as if they’re having a conversation with a close friend.” —BookPage
“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
“The perfect book to read during quarantine if your family is driving you crazy . . . a layered love story that examines, and ultimately celebrates, the modern, multigenerational family dynamic.”—Parade
“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
"All Adults Here is a novel about how we try and fail at every age and yet somehow survive. It is brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humor and love and yet (magically) is 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, New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth
"A totally engaging and smart book about the absolutely marvelous messiness of what makes up family; a wonderful book." —Elizabeth Strout, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again
"Emma Straub's All Adults Here will make you question your entire childhood, and how much your parents influenced it as you learn one mother's perspective of what went right and what went wrong with her own family."—Marie Claire
"No one writes family drama like Straub, and in her new novel All Adults Here, she brings the Strick family to life with her unique wit and wisdom. . . . It’s a heartfelt, grounded story about family dynamics, forgiveness, and the unavoidable effects we have on those we love."—Buzzfeed
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Oh, the tangled webs families weave. Cecelia’s parents ship her off to live with her grandmother Astrid. It’s not clear what has happened or if she is in the wrong, and Astrid doesn’t know either. The day her granddaughter arrives, Astrid witnesses a shocking accident at the village roundabout and it’s not only shaken her up but given her perspective a jolt.
Meanwhile, Astrid’s daughter has something that she is reluctant to share with her mom. Little do she and her siblings know that their mom also has some news of her own to reveal. In due time. Astrid’s eldest son is struggling with work-related decisions and unable to communicate, which seems to be par for the course in their relationship.
Straub has written a perfectly smart and insightful look at a relatable family complete with aha moments and laugh out loud dialogue that feels like she could be eavesdropping on your life. Hopefully, we’re all given second chances and we’re all adults here.
Emma Straub, the author, has that special thing that grabs our attention and keeps it. Her characters are so out there, that I instantly like them, not all, but most. In this case, Astrid Strict, the main character around whom everyone else revolves, has the instant likability. She has credibility, 68, widowed, a new found female lover, 3 children, grandchildren, and lives in Clapham, New York, the kind of small town many of us yearn for. Her children are all individuals in their own right, her daughter, Porter, raising goats to make cheese, is pregnant with the assistance of a donor. She has lovers of her own, just not for this baby making. Nicky, her son, has sent his daughter, Cecilia, to live with grammy after a school issue, and her oldest, Eliot with his wife and boisterous twins. It is this family that most of the fun and serious stuff surrounds.
As in all families,there are troubles and pent up issues not resolved. Some of them come out spontaneously, others take there time, and rupture in the middle of a family get together. This review is being written in the beginning of a pandemic, and we are all urged to tell our families and friends of our love. Of course, with that comes the apologies and forgiveness factors. This is a stirring book that took me out of my everyday life, and had me giggling and wanting more. Astrid Strict is just that kind of person.
Recommended. prisrob 05-04-2020