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Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
  

Modern Lovers

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Summer might be fading over the horizon but Straub's new novel is a perfect summer novel for all seasons: witty, touching, humane and gently humorous. A tale of complicated relationships set in Brooklyn this proves as light-hearted as her father, Peter Straub's books are dark and laden with horror, and confirms Emma as a major talent with an equal knack for entertaining. The story of friends who met in college and formed a short-lived rock band, following their fate some decades later as they linger in a state of disaffection and crave earlier glories. Small epiphanies and the weight of regrets, everyday love and companionship are celebrated: a lovely demonstration that book subjects can be small and delicately formed. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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A penetrating, witty and very modern look at family life. Two sets of friends from Brooklyn are now middle aged parents of teenagers, focusing on both generations, we see the highs and lows of growing up and trying to be a grown up! Emma Straub writes with a beautifully light yet discerning touch, little eye opening shots of wit pepper the page. The occasional snippets of information from local newspapers really ground the novel in the setting. As I read, I slipped into the neighbourhood and I felt as though I was a friend, just dropping in for a catch up and gossip. There is a gentle subtlety at play, secrets are slowly revealed, life is seen here, as it really is. ‘Modern Lovers’ is a wrying amusing and observationally astute novel, it crept under my skin without me realising it, and was an absolute joy of a read. ~ Liz Robinson

Synopsis

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers is a hilarious and poignant exploration of relationships and contemporary life. Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Summer in the city ...Elizabeth, Zoe and Andrew met at college, had a band, grew up, settled in New York and somehow twenty years passed by. Still living round the corner from one another (and in each other's pockets) they're watching as their kids come of age one hot summer. But just as the kids start making those first hesitant steps into adulthood, so it's the parents who find that the lives they've so carelessly stitched together begin to slowly unravel ...

Reviews

'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

'Really entertaining. The characters are complex and likeable. It's one of those stories that makes you realise that life really does run away from you' Guardian

'Immersive, rich, screamingly funny' USA Today

'Straub's characters thrum off the page. The sort of witty and relatable summer title you'll devour with a contented smack of the lips' Irish Independent

'Funny yet tart, warm yet incisive. I adored it' Red

About the Author

Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Vacationers, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Conde Nast Traveller, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie. Straub's work has been published in fifteen countries.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th May 2017

Author

Emma Straub

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
Summer Reading
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781405921565

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