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Adults

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Now available in paperback, "Tom Perrotta meets Curtis Sittenfeld in this razor-sharp debut by Alison Espach, who weaves a wry, devastatingly perceptive coming-of-age tale set in Connecticut's affluent suburbs" (Marie Claire). In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love.
At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood. Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily's father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal's patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved. An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman's struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare--in perfect pitch--a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 307 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 20mm | 272g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1439191867
  • 9781439191866
  • 307,118

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A "fierce, tender adolescent narrative." -The New York Times Book Review
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About Alison Espach

Alison Espach is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis MFA program. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Five Chapters, Glamour and other magazines. She grew up in Connecticut and now teaches creative writing in New York.
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3,477 ratings
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