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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—their own kids now going to 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 togetherm 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] entertaining novel about former college band mates raising their precocious children while grappling with marital tensions and midlife crises.”

    People

  • “Straub lets her characters fall apart and come together in their own messy, refreshingly human ways—always older, sometimes wiser, but never quite done coming of age.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A wise, sophisticated romp through the pampered middle-aged neuroses of urban softies.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Really entertaining. The characters are complex and likeable…One of those stories that makes you realize that life really does run away from you.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Straub has a knack for keeping relationship drama amusing.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Wise and often hilarious, Modern Lovers is a testament to how the passions and secrets of our youth can last well into adulthood.”

    Buzzfeed

  • “Captures the vibes of midlife, middle-class angst, and the raging hormones of youth…Readers will devour this witty and warmly satisfying novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Sprinkled with humor and insight, this is a Brooklyn novel with heart.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Flavorwire Pick for the 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick for May 2016 
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A People Pick of the Week
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