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All Adults Here

by Emma Straub

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All Adults Here by Emma Straub
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  • First Published:
    May 2020, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2021, 384 pages

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Emma Straub's latest novel, All Adults Here, is a big-hearted but never saccharine exploration of family in all its complexity and richness.

In an author's note at the end of All Adults Here, Emma Straub comments on her decision a few years ago—while she was in the process of writing this novel—to open the bookstore Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. Straub notes that her new family business involves "boxes and orders and systems and eccentricities," not to mention an ambitious series of literary events and a staff of more than a dozen employees. Her transition to full-time bookstore owner makes the fact that she successfully finished any novel pretty remarkable, let alone a novel as big-hearted, funny and occasionally joyful as All Adults Here.

Her description of the complexity and chaos behind running a bookstore does, however, feel of a piece with the subject of her book: the messy, imperfect nature of an extended family. At the heart of the family (and of the book) is its matriarch, Astrid Strick, who in the ...

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