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From The New York Times-bestselling author of 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.

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781405921565

    July 17, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    368 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9780718181482

    August 1, 2016

    Michael Joseph

    368 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • Modern Lovers
    Emma Straub

    EBook

    9781405921589

    August 1, 2016

    Penguin eBooks

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