Modern Lovers

Author(s): Emma Straub
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: May 31, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.03 hours)
Product Number: Z100114353
Released: May 31, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780451484987
Narrator/s: Jen Tullock
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"It's 'Friends' meets 'Almost Famous' meets the beach read you'll be recommending all summer." –TheSkimm 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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Author(s): Emma Straub
Product Number EB00625119
Released: May 31, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9780698407978

Professional reviews

"Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe were friends and bandmates in college. Now Elizabeth and Andrew have a son, and Zoe, with her wife, Jane, has a daughter. Jen Tullock narrates in steady, harsh tones, emphasizing all the vulgar language that punctuates the dialogue in this novel. Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe, now in middle age, are asked to license the rights to one of their tunes, a development that threatens to break apart their long friendship. Tullock's narration lacks variation and barely differentiates the characters--so much so that the story is difficult to follow. Her uninflected performance makes it impossible to figure out who is describing the band's history or a broken relationship. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"