Coming of age isn’t just for kids.
Astrid Strick has always tried to do her best for her three children. Now, they’re finally grown up – but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
Elliott doesn’t have any idea who he really is, or how to communicate with his own sons. Porter is, at last, pregnant – but feels incapable of rising to the challenge. Nicky has fled to distant New Mexico, where he’s living the bohemian dream.
And Astrid herself is up to things that would make her children’s hair curl.
Until now, the family have managed to hide their true selves from each other.
But when Nicky’s incorrigibly curious daughter Cecelia comes to stay, her arrival threatens to upturn everything . . .
Witty, astute, and irresistibly readable, All Adults Here is a novel about how to survive inside a modern family from New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub.
What a fabulous read – entertaining in the extreme!
Astrid Strick is a widow with three adult children; each of them has their own life to lead but, to her, they will always be her kids and she worries about each of them. She tries to be involved in their lives, but the upside of them not being involved in hers means she has secrets they know nothing about. Of course, she’s not the only one hiding something and the year that her granddaughter Cecilia comes to live with her is the catalyst for so many revelations . . .
This is a novel which just pulls the reader in; I had no sooner opened it when I found myself very comfortable with the setting, the characters and the wonderful dialogue. This is an ordinary family in an ordinary town about which author has written an extraordinary story. Astrid, like all of us with children, doesn’t think she’s done a good job as a mother – every reader can make up their own mind on that one as they work through the book. I loved everything about All Adults Here – it made me smile, laugh and, yes, wipe away a tear or two. A beautifully crafted tale by an author who must be a people watcher as her observations are so succinct. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this novel and I’m very happy to give it five sparkling stars!
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: humorous women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 314 pages
- Publisher: PenguinUK – Michael Joseph
- Publication Date: 16 July 2020
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Emma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of three other novels The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, Laura 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.