From the author of the New York Times bestseller
The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining
novel about a tight-knit group of friends from collegeâ€” and
what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has
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 looseâ€”about themselves, and about the famous
fourth band member who soared and fell without themâ€”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 passionsâ€”be
they food, or friendship, or musicâ€”never go away, they just
evolve and grow along with us.