The Adults

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.10 hours)
Product Number: Z100100824
Released: Aug 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611200492
Narrator/s: Tavia Gilbert
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"In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood. Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily's father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal's patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved. An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman's struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare-in perfect pitch-a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing."

Author(s): Alison Espach
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

All formats/editions

Author(s): Alison Espach
Narrator(s): Tavia Gilbert
Product Number DD1675
Released: Feb 01, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611200133
Author(s): Alison Espach
Product Number EB00571280
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781439191873

Professional reviews

"The title of this novel hints at the ironic humor that characterizes its unconventional coming-of-age story. At the age of 14, Emily realizes that the dysfunctional people in her family and upscale suburban community are not credible adults. It's clear that she will have to grow into maturity on her own. Narrator Tavia Gilbert deftly captures Emily's vulnerability, confusion, and wry analysis as she encounters people and experiences that make her journey unique. Gilbert's unaffected presentation avoids sensationalizing Emily's rough language or the occasional description of a sexual encounter. Subtle shifts of tone are all Gilbert needs to give Emily a convincing voice through her ten-year journey of transformation from troubled adolescent to her own version of successful adult. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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