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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Straub Narrator: Jen Tullock Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780451484963
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

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


  • “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.”


  • “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
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
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About the Author
Author Emma Straub

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, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Condé Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie. Her work has been published in fifteen countries.

About the Narrator

Jen Tullock is an actor, writer, comedian, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her work has been featured at Second City, New York Stage & Film Festival, New York Fringe Festival, Anthology Film Center, and the Broadway Comedy Club. She is the former singer/songwriter for the New York tin-pan alley parody band Punch & Judy and the creator of the 1940’s radio satire The Out of Hand Radio Hour. After starring in the ’80s musical Love in a Tub at Broadway Comedy Club, she began a residency at the Midtown Theater. In 2010 her play The Projectionist was produced as part of the New York Stage & Film festival’s Powerhouse line-up.