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About Emma Straub
Emma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of five novels—This Time Tomorrow, All Adults Here, 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 more than 20 languages, and All Adults Here is currently in development as a television series. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A fiendishly clever, nostalgic, and tender novel about adolescence and middle age, expectation and anticipation, and how we must cherish what we have while there is still time . . .
'Will make you laugh, cry, and call the people you love. Exceptional' EMILY HENRY
'Her most emotionally resonant work yet' VOGUE
'Has the makings of a dreamy, witty, contemporary classic' EVENING STANDARD
'I just finished and I'm crying at its message and its honestly and its utter beauty' JODI PICOULT
'A tender, witty David Nicholls-esque tale of familial love' i
'A tender tale of time travel. Straub strips back the layers to reveal what's important' STYLIST, 'BOOK OF THE WEEK'
If you could go back, would you do things differently?
Alice Stern isn't ready to turn forty. She thought she'd have more time to figure it all out. Above all, she thought she'd have more time with her father, Leonard - but he's lying in a hospital bed and Alice isn't sure if she'll hear his voice again.
When she falls asleep outside their old apartment on the night before her birthday, she's surprised to be greeted the next morning by a much younger Leonard, with a sixteenth birthday card for a teenage Alice who, far from clinging to her youth, is hurtling towards adulthood . . .
Alice soon discovers how she got back here, to 1996 and her sixteenth birthday, and realises she can keep on coming, whenever she chooses.
But faced each time with different versions of her life, and the consequences of her decisions, it's on her not to lose sight of what she wants most . . .
With her celebrated humour, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story - about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.
'An excellent time-travelling novel about adolescence and second chances from the always brilliant Emma Straub' METRO
'Clever, complex and really rather lovely' BEST
'Magical, heart-warming and insightful . . . Warm, wryly funny and melancholic' DAILY EXPRESS
'This time-travelling take on a hypothetical return to 1996 and the protagonist's 16th birthday will be enough to remind you to cherish what you have' ELLE
'Full of deftly managed plot twists, it's both fun and poignant' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Literary sunshine' New York Times on All Adults Here
'A gorgeous and witty storyteller' Liane Moriarty
'A master of the domestic ensemble drama' Time<
THE IRRISISTABLE, UPLIFTING AND BIG-HEARTED STORY OF SURVIVING IN A MODERN FAMILY . . .
'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
THIS TIME TOMORROW, the new novel by Emma Straub, is available to pre-order now!
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
A captivating debut about the lure of the 1930s Hollywood, in all its dangerous glamour.
Irving snapped his fingers, so loudly that it echoed through the room, over all the chatting and flirting. Elsa was surprised that such a sharp, loud noise could come out of such a small person.
Laura Lamont, he said. You want it? It's yours. Come see me when you're ready.
When the most famous producer in 1930s Hollywood plucks Elsa Emerson from a party and gives her a brand-new name, a star of the silver screen is born.
Step by step she succumbs to the consuming power of the studio. But her transformation is more profound than she could ever have foreseen...
Two weeks in a remote island villa with America's most dysfunctional family - what could possibly go wrong?
The Posts are going on their first family vacation in years, and it's going to be a special one:
Jim and Franny are taking their daughter Sylvia, son Bobby and his girlfriend, and Franny's best friend Charles and his husband, all the way to Mallorca for two weeks of the sort of relaxation, culture and cuisine that only Europe can offer. But there are problems.
After a transgression with a twenty-three-year-old editorial assistant, Jim has been unceremoniously sacked from his job, and now his and Franny's marriage is on the rocks. Charles and Lawrence are feeling divided over their future, Bobby is mired in debt problems and stuck in a relationship that's pulling in opposite directions and his girlfriend Carmen, super-fit personal trainer and, at forty-something, far too old for Bobby, seems to have realized her mistake. As for Sylvia, she's eighteen, about to go to college, and determined to lose her virginity before she gets there ...
** 'It's the beautifully drawn, vibrant characters that make this smart, compelling novel so irresistible.' Liane Moriarty **
From the New York Times Bestselling author of The Vacationers, Emma Straub brings us a sharply observed tale of modern love . . .
Twenty years later and they were supposed to be grown-ups...
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
Summer in the city . . .
College friends Elizabeth, Zoe and Andrew had a band, grew up, settled in New York and now they are still living round the corner from one another (and in each other's pockets).
One hot summer as their kids come of age, making those first hesitant steps into adulthood, it's the parents who find that the lives they've so carefully stitched together begin slowly to come apart . . .
'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
'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' Independent
'Funny yet tart, warm yet incisive. I adored it' Red
In Other People We Married, Straub creates characters as recognizable as a best friend, and follows them through moments of triumph and transformation with wit, vulnerability, and dazzling insight. In “Some People Must Really Fall in Love,” an assistant professor takes halting steps into the awkward world of office politics while harboring feelings for a freshman student. Two sisters struggle with old assumptions about each other as they stumble to build a new relationship in “A Map of Modern Palm Springs.” In “Puttanesca,” two widows move tentatively forward, still surrounded by ghosts and disappointments from the past. These twelve stories, filled with sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language, announce the arrival of a major new talent.
Es ist ein durch und durch normaler Tag in einer Kleinstadt in Upstate New York, als das Leben von Astrid Strick sich schlagartig ändert. Eine Bekannte wird vor Astrids Augen überfahren, und obwohl Astrid diese nicht einmal mochte, bringt sie der Vorfall zum Nachdenken. Das Leben kann so schnell vorbei sein – hat Astrid ihres gut genutzt? Ist es zu spät, Neues zu wagen? Und war sie wirklich eine gute Mutter? Astrid wollte immer das Beste für ihre Kinder, und doch scheint keines richtig angekommen im Leben. Elliott ist unglücklich in seiner Bilderbuchfamilie. Tochter Porter ist Single, gewollt schwanger und doch überfordert. Und Nicky lebt trotz Frau und Kind ein Vagabundenleben – aber zu welchem Preis? Astrid und ihre Kinder waren immer gut darin, ihre wahren Leben voreinander zu verbergen. Doch dann zieht Cecilia, Nickys Teenager-Tochter, bei Astrid im großen Haus am Fluss ein und stellt das ganze sorgsam gehegte Konstrukt auf den Kopf.
»Ein wahnsinnig einnehmendes, schlaues Buch über das großartige Chaos, das Familie ausmacht. Wirklich ein wunderbarer Roman!« Bestsellerautorin Elizabeth Strout
Was ist nach einem halben Leben von den Träumen und Hoffnungen der Jugend übrig?
Durch einen Zufall findet Elisabeth heraus, dass ihr Mann Andrew sie vor Jahren betrogen hat. Elisabethʼ beste Freundin Zoe quält derweil der Gedanke, dass sie und ihre Frau Jane zwar als Geschäftspartnerinnen noch immer hervorragend funktionieren, die Gefühle im Alltag aber auf der Strecke geblieben sind. Und während die Mittvierziger mit alten Träumen und neuen Chancen hadern, machen ihre fast erwachsenen Kinder Harry und Ruby sich bereit, diesem Sommer ihren Stempel aufzudrücken und ins Leben aufzubrechen.
Ein Familiensommerurlaub und gleichzeitig ein Wendepunkt im Leben aller Beteiligten: ein humorvoller, liebenswerter Familien-Roman
Franny und Jim Post begehen ihren 35. Hochzeitstag, Tochter Sylvia hat gerade erfolgreich ihren Highschool-Abschluss gemacht, und Sohn Bobby steht kurz vor der Verlobung mit seiner Langzeitfreundin. Nun freut sich die Familie auf ihren gemeinsamen zweiwöchigen Urlaub mit Freunden auf Mallorca. Denn Sommer, Sonne, Strand und gutes Essen sind perfekt, um die Ereignisse der letzten Wochen gebührend zu feiern und sich gleichzeitig vom stressigen Alltag in Manhattan zu erholen. Doch lange verdrängte Konflikte drohen Harmonie und Entspannung zu zerstören …