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Modern Lovers
by Emma Straub

Published: 2016-05-31
Hardcover : 368 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Slate Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick
  
“Ms. Straub writes with such verve and sympathetic understanding of her characters. . .[An] entertaining novel. . . deftly ...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Slate Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick
  
“Ms. Straub writes with such verve and sympathetic understanding of her characters. . .[An] entertaining novel. . . deftly and thoughtfully written.” – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“It’s ‘Friends’ meets ‘Almost Famous’ meets the beach read you’ll be recommending all summer.” –TheSkimm

Straub serves up a perfect slice of the zeitgeist with this entertaining novel about former college bandmates raising their precocious children while grappling with marital tensions and midlife crises.” –People, Named one of "Summer's Best Books"

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college— and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in.

Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.

Back in the band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.

Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions—be they food, or friendship, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 04/24/18

A good read for a change of pace. P. 29 “Choices were easy to make until you realized how long life could be.”

 
  "Modern Lovers"by BPBC_Lauren (see profile) 01/29/17

I liked it. A quick, enjoyable read. Some characters were less developed than others.

 
by Djbg1 (see profile) 08/19/16

 
by lakequiv (see profile) 08/10/16

 
  "The book presents an interesting perspective on responsible parenting and marriage across a wide spectrum of characters."by thewanderingjew (see profile) 06/13/16

Modern Lovers, Emma Straub, author; Jen Tullock, narrator
This book is aptly titled. It covers heterosexual love, homosexual love and teenage love in the modern world of today where the rul
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