Publication Date: 15/04/2021 ISBN: 9781405921596 Category:

All Adults Here

Emma Straub

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 15/04/2021 ISBN: 9781405921596 Category:
Paperback / Softback





‘A wonderful read’ Elizabeth Strout
‘Literary sunshine’ New York Times
‘A gorgeous and witty storyteller’ Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls
‘The world will love it’ Ann Patchett

The instant New York Times BESTSELLER

After Astrid Strick – a widowed, 68-year-old mother of three living in upstate New York – witnesses an accident, she resolves to live more honestly. Starting with the mistakes she made in raising her family.

But are her kids, tangled in their own messy adult lives, really ready to be treated like grown ups?

Charming, uplifting and well-observed, All Adults Here is the delightful story about the wonders and woes of modern family life.

Praise for All Adults Here:

‘Perfectly pitched summer reading’ Stylist

‘Smartly observant, wryly witty, big-hearted . . . ‘ Sunday Times

‘This beautifully written book delves deeply, perceptively and humorously into the contemporary human condition’ Daily Mail

‘A glorious mash-up of Elizabeth Strout and Gilmore Girls’ Red

‘If you’re a fan of Anne Tyler’s writing, you’ll love this captivating well-observed family drama’ Good Housekeeping

Publisher Review

Straub is consistently excellent * Book Riot * Sprinkled with humour and insight * Library Journal * Devilishly observed * Booklist * A precise and observant writer whose supple prose carries the story along without a snag. Straub's characters are a quirky and interesting bunch . . . it's a pleasure spending time with them * Kirkus * Readers will devour this witty and warmly satisfying novel * Publishers Weekly * Wise and often hilarious * Buzzfeed * It would be easy to compare Straub to other masters of the genre like Meg Wolitzer or Jennifer Egan, but she's already a master in her own right * The Millions * Thoughtful and hilarious * Real Simple * Smart and fresh, offering new insights into the lives of people all around us * Brooklyn Magazine * Lovely, satisfying A smart, cool sensibility * Elle * Written with true warmth and wit * Bella * A funny and insightful look at love and relationships * Good Housekeeping * Straub writes with such verve and sympathetic understanding of her characters . . . Reading this novel has all the pleasures of reading one of Anne Tyler's compelling family portraits * New York Times * Warm and big-hearted . . . leaves you smiling for days * bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette * Hugely talented . . . intelligent holiday reading Smart and entertaining * Stylist * Straub writes beautifully and amusingly . . . hard to beat for sheer charm and gentle wit * Daily Mail * Funny, poignant and beautifully observed It's the beautifully drawn, vibrant characters that make this smart, compelling novel so irresistible Praise for Emma Straub * - * Written with true warmth and wit * Bella * Whips along with feel-good momentum, driven by warmth and love * Press Association * Great for fans of Liane Moriarty * Harpers Bazaar * Pulsating with perceptive wit . . . entertaining * Sunday Post * It takes rare skill to make everyday family ups and downs so pleasurable to read but Straub brings both a deceptive light touch and a flinty sense of humour to this breezy big-hearted portrait of ordinary people trying to negotiate the landscape of being a grown up. A superior slice of domestic fiction for fans of Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett * Metro * Straub's novel takes her signature wit upstate, exploring the complexities of small-town life and what it's like to live as an adult in the same place where you grew up * Deadline * The queen of the summer novel...we have turned to Emma Straub to bring us highly enjoyable, yet still thought-provoking, tales about witty protagonists in the throes of life changes * Entertainment Weekly * All Adults Here is deliciously funny and infectiously warm - a clever blend of levity and poignant insights. Straub's flair for irony and wit shine, and she puts a fresh (and progressive) spin on the age-old multigenerational family saga * Washington Post * All Adults Here will make you question your entire childhood * Marie Claire US * Emma Straub has done it again! All Adults Here introduces us to the Stricks, a delightfully flawed family, with matriarch Astrid at the centre...I know I've been having trouble adulting during this time (seriously, I have to cook, again?!), and the characters in this novel feel like they're struggling right alongside me * Read It Forward * Busting with witty and poignant observations about the messiness of family -- Jenna Bush Hager * Read with Jenna Book Club Pick * If you're a fan of Anne Tyler's writing, you'll love this captivating, well-observed family drama * Good Housekeeping * A novel full of poignant insights into family * Woman & Home * Set over the course of an upstate New York summer, this shrewd, kindly tale embraces a topical spread of inter-generational challenges, yielding tart truths about love, class and family. It's spry and satisfying. * Mail on Sunday * If you can imagine a glorious mash-up of Elizabeth Strout and Gilmore Girls, All Adults Here is it * Red * A warm, funny novel * SheerLuxe * Set over the course of an upstate New York summer, this shrewd, kindly tale embraces a topical spread of inter-generational challenges, yielding tart truths about love, class and family. It's spry and satisfying * Mail on Sunday * All Adults Here is a master class on the small-scale American drama. There's a wry wink in the title; being grown up is no guarantee that you have it figured out. Ensconced in their upstate New York bubble, the Strick clan is the perfect show case...Yet 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 US * Unlike parents when it comes to their children, novel readers are allowed to have favourite characters. This will be an impossible task for many readers of All Adults Here, in which Emma Straub switches among the perspectives of eight characters who are all endearing in their disarmingly muddleheaded or abjectly truth-seeking ways...gasp-worthy...belongs in the company of Cathleen Schine, Tom Perrotta and other fiction writers who understand that the degree of humour that can be teased from family drama is often directly proportional to the extent of the family's misery * Shelf Awareness * Come for the close examination of parental child roles, stay for goats * Good Housekeeping US * In her witty new novel, All Adults Here, Emma Straub examines adolescence, ageing, gender, and sexuality through the nuanced experiences of three generations of a New York family * Harper's Bazaar US * It's good company -- Leigh Haber, Book Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine Perceptive and fun * AARP * 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 * Oprah Magazine * There's no drama like family drama as Emma Straub proves in this touching, humorous, and eye-opening new novel... All Adults Here weaves a memorable tale about navigating some of our most important, and most maddening, relationships * Town and Country * The warm and funny novel only Emma Straub can deliver to us in this time of need * Paper Magazine * The book has already roused a flood of fans clamoring to find out how Astrid's story ends * Reader's Digest * Smart and funny and warm, the kind of novel you fall into and don't ever want to end, which is exactly what we need now * The Times * 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 less charming than the rest of her oeuvre, about one family growing up and ageing, and how the parent-child roles between parents and their children is swapped * Thrillist * As always, Straub draws her characters warmly, making them appealing in their self-centeredness and generosity, their insecurity and hope. . . . Straub has a sharp eye for her characters' foibles and the details of their liberal, upper-middle-class milieu. With humor and insight, Straub creates a family worth rooting for * Kirkus * Straub etches in the comforting, often funny truths readers love her for. Like us, her characters are always getting older but never feeling quite old enough to do the right thing, to be the people they want to be, to let go of the past, and they're certainly never ready to die. An all-out celebration of the life force in ourselves and in our families * Booklist, Starred Review * A warm, funny novel about the lifecycle of one family * Sheerluxe * Emma Straub is a master of the breezy, but still literary, family drama. Her fifth novel. . . . promises to be another sprawling, big-hearted page-turner * LitHub * An affecting family saga that juggles issues as weighty as abortion, gender identity and bullying with ease * USA Today * Likely to be the book that every single person will be reading this summer * Bookpage * In All Adults Here, Straub cements her status as a master of the domestic ensemble drama. While readers will relate to the comfortable familiarity of Straub's work, it has also taken on an unexpected air of escapism * Time Magazine * A novel full of poignant insights into family * Woman & Home * If you're a fan of Anne Tyler's writing, you'll love this captivating well-observed family drama * Good Housekeeping * If you can imagine a glorious mash-up of Elizabeth Strout and Gilmore Girls, All Adults Here is is * Red * A warm and witty story about a family learning to accept the mistakes of the past and feeling their way towards a new, more truthful way of being together. Emma Straub has such a wonderful talent for depicting small-town existence, as well as the challenges and frustrations of family life, that I was utterly immersed in the world of the Stricks. It's one of those books that leaves you feeling as if you've visited a new place and met new friends. All Adults Here is a joy to read -- Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus This beautifully written book delves deeply, perceptively and humorously into the contemporary human condition * Daily Mail * Smartly observant, wryly witty, big-hearted . . . Fans of Ann Patchett, Anne Tyler and Lily King should seek [Straub] out * The Sunday Times * A wonderful read -- Elizabeth Strout Literary sunshine * New York Times * A novel about how we try and fail at every age and yet somehow survive. It is brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humour 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 -- Ann Patchett

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