Today’s GalleyCrush is Emma Straub’s All Adults Here, forthcoming from Riverhead Books on May 5, 2020.
Perfect pitch: “A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the lifecycle of one family—as the kids become parents, grandparents become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes.”
First lines: “Astrid Strick had never liked Barbara Baker, not for a single day of their forty-year acquaintance, but when Barbara was hit and killed by the empty, speeding school bus at the intersection of Main and Morrison streets on the eastern side of the town roundabout, Astrid knew that her life had changed, the shock of which was indistinguishable from relief.”
Big blurb: “All Adults Here is a novel about how we try and fail at every age and yet somehow survive. It is brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humor and love and yet (magically) is also a page-turner that held me captive until it was finished. This is Emma Straub’s absolute best and the world will love it. I love it.” —Ann Patchett
Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 368 pages.
Author bio: Emma Straub is a New York Times best-selling author of three other novels, The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.