"Elizabeth and Zoe are best friends. They met in college and were in a band called Kitty’s Mustache, along with Andrew, who is now Elizabeth’s husband. Elizabeth and Andrew have a teenaged son named Harry, and Zoe and her wife, Jane, have a daughter, Ruby, who is a year older than Harry. The original group are all approaching fifty, and discovering that their children are now the cool kids that they once were, having adventures and sex, unbeknownst to their parents. Elizabeth is approached by a Hollywood agent who is making a film about Lydia, the most famous member of Kitty’s Mustache, who went on to a solo career and then died of a heroin overdose. Elizabeth wrote the song that made Lydia’s career. While she is grappling with her feelings about the movie, Andrew is undergoing a midlife crisis, and Zoe and Jane are contemplating divorce. Straub’s characters are spot on, and she perfectly captures both fumbling teenage romance as well as long term friendship and marriage." --Sharon— From Sharon's Staff Recommendations
June 2016 Indie Next List
“Set in trendy Brooklyn, Straub's latest novel follows the lives of former bandmates Zoe, Elizabeth, and Andrew and their teenage children, Ruby and Harry. When Ruby and Harry begin a relationship, their parents are forced to face and reveal long-buried tensions and secrets. Straub's spot-on depictions of middle-age suburban life and teenage angst are alternatively searing and hilarious. This book is the ultimate literary beach read!”
— Angela Spring (E), Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Slate Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick
-Ms. Straub writes with such verve and sympathetic understanding of her characters. . . An] entertaining novel. . . deftly and thoughtfully written.- - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
-It's 'Friends' meets 'Almost Famous' meets the beach read you'll be recommending all summer.- -TheSkimm
-Straub serves up a perfect slice of the zeitgeist with this entertaining novel about former college bandmates raising their precocious children while grappling with marital tensions and midlife crises.- -People, Named one of -Summer's Best Books-
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.
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.
About the Author
Emma Straub is the New York Times‒bestselling author of The Vacationers, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Conde Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie. Straub's work has been published in fifteen countries.